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Complications of Gynecologic Laparoscopy

MAKAI, GRETCHEN MD; ISAACSON, KEITH MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2009 - Volume 52 - Issue 3 - pp 401-411
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181b0c080
Laparoscopic Surgery

Complications of gynecologic laparoscopy are uncommon, occurring in 3 to 6 per 1000 cases. Complications related to access represent one-third to one-half of these injuries. Major operative complications are more likely to occur in complex procedures. Through the comprehensive understanding of the relevant anatomy, surgical instruments, complex maneuvers, and optimal surgical technique, gynecologic laparoscopists can avoid most of the complications described. Even in the best of hands, however, complications will occur. Most importantly, surgeons should be diligent in recognizing and managing these events.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, Massachusetts

Correspondence: Keith Isaacson, MD, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Newton Wellesley Hospital, Newton, MA. E-mail: kisaacson@partners.org

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.