Minimally Invasive Surgery: Cure or Curse?
What is minimally invasive surgery?
In recent years, many medical specialties have promoted minimally invasive procedures as the wave of surgery’s future. These procedures, often referred to as laparoscopic surgery, differ from conventional surgery in key ways. They generally involve smaller incisions into which tubes are inserted so that doctors can deploy video cameras and tiny surgical instruments to perform a procedure at the necessary location in the body.
Doctors tout a number of minimally invasive surgery’s advantages, such as:
- Significantly decreased levels of blood loss
- Less post-surgery pain
- Fewer and less pronounced scars
Often, minimally invasive surgery is followed by quicker recovery with much shorter hospital stays. The costs for such surgery can be far less than conventional surgery.
What dangers does minimally invasive surgery pose?
As the case of the Tulsa doctor illustrates, laparoscopic surgery is not without risks. The complaint in this case included allegations related to 23 patients whose postoperative complications included heart attacks, brain injuries and death. The doctor observed that these patients represent about less than half a percent of all the patients he has treated. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, however, has reported a marked increase in adverse incident reports and deaths over the last four years.
Patients who have been injured by minimally invasive surgery or any other type of medical procedure should seek legal representation immediately to determine who is at fault for their pain and who should pay for the mistakes that led to their postoperative conditions.