Avoid Connecticut Medical Malpractice By Asking These Questions Before Laparoscopic Surgery

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 by | Posted In: Hospital Negligence, Medical Malpractice

Surgical procedures that were previously performed with a large incision and “opening” up the body are now done with a minimally invasive technique called laparoscopy. This technique involves inserting a small camera or scope through a small incision (rather than a large one) in the body allowing the surgeon to look around and perform the procedure. Laparoscopic surgery is commonly used for gall bladder, knee, appendix, shoulder, gynecologic and prostate cases.

While laparoscopic surgery is less invasive to the patient, it still presents risks for Connecticut medical malpractice. Ask these questions before your next procedure:

  1. How many times have you performed this surgery? You will want to know how experienced your surgeon is with a particular technique.
  2. What is your level of training in this technique? Your surgeon may not be adequately trained in laparoscopy. Failure to properly identify organs with this technique could become problematic during the procedure.
  3. What is better for my care: laparoscopy or “open” surgery? Open surgery may be a better option for some patients. Surgeons should also be able to recognize when to abandon laparoscopy for open surgery.
  4. What were your patient outcomes? You will want to know how successful your surgeon has been while performing this surgery.
  5. What will be my recovery time? There is a lot to consider when undergoing a surgical procedure. In addition to the technique the doctor will use, you will want to also understand how long you need to recover before returning to your normal routine.

If you or your loved one was permanently injured after a laparoscopic surgery, contact our office. Connecticut medical malpractice cases typically have a two year statute of limitations with few exceptions. Our team will begin an immediate legal and medical investigation.

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