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Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2013 Jun;27(3):349-61. doi: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2012.12.007. Epub 2013 Jan 30.

Malpractice claims and avoidance of complications in endoscopic surgery.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.


Laparoscopy has become a valuable tool for the gynaecologist in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of gynecological disorders. Its quicker recovery time and other advantages has benefitted countless women. Laparoscopic procedures, however, have their own associated risks and complications, and the surgeon must become thoroughly familiar with these. This awareness will help reduce patient morbidity and mortality, and potentially avoid the stress and burden of litigation, which has been increasing in recent years. Complications of gynaecologic laparoscopy include entry-related problems, and injuries to bowel, urinary tract, blood vessels, and nerves. Although some of these complications have been well described, some have emerged recently in relation to new technology and techniques. In this chapter, we discuss some of the complications of endoscopic surgery, including their incidence, prevention, and medico-legal implications, and provide a brief overview of their management.

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