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Urology. 1993 Jul;42(1):2-12.

Complications of laparoscopic surgery.

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  • 1Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Abstract

As with all surgical procedures, prevention and proper patient selection is the key to avoid complications. High-risk patients should be clearly identified from the outset. Properly maintained equipment, along with a thorough working knowledge of all instrumentation is essential. An often overlooked but vital aspect of laparoscopy is the laparoscopy team, including anesthesia and nursing personnel. A final point: there is no substitute for experience in avoiding laparoscopic complications. A survey by Phillips et al. found the complication rate for physicians who had performed fewer than 100 laparoscopic procedures to be almost four times greater than surgeons with more experience. A survey of eight centers active in urologic laparoscopic surgery reported that 10-20 pelvic lymph node dissections were necessary before they felt comfortable and 25-50 cases before they were proficient with the procedure. Since the learning curve with laparoscopy is initially quite steep, urologists beginning to apply the technique should work closely with experienced laparoscopic surgeons.

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