Complications Of Laparoscopy

What are the complications of Laparoscopy?

Any procedure may have complications associated with it. The most frequent complications of any operation are bleeding and infection. There is a small risk of other complications that include, but are not limited to, injury to the abdominal organs, intestines, urinary bladder or blood vessels. There is also the possibility of any complication arising out of the general anesthesia. Your anesthetist will discuss all these with you prior to surgery.

Is conversion of laparoscopy to open surgery a complication?

In a small number of patients the laparoscopic method cannot be performed. The decision to perform the open procedure is a judgment decision made by your surgeon either before or during the actual operation. When the surgeon feels that it is safest to convert the laparoscopic procedure to an open one, this is not a complication, but rather sound surgical judgment. The decision to convert to an open procedure is strictly based on patient safety.

When to call your doctor after discharge following laparoscopy?

Be sure to call your surgeon or physician if you develop any of the following:

  • Fever above 101 degrees F (39 C)

  • Drainage from or redness any of your incisions

  • Continued nausea or vomiting

  • Increasing abdominal swelling

  • Bleeding

  • Chills

  • Persistent cough or shortness of breath

  • Inability to urinate

  • Pain not controlled by medication

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