Minimally invasive surgery allows a surgeon to use a variety of operating techniques on a patient without causing major injuries or side effects. Microsurgery is another type of surgery used by surgeons in performing complex operations.

Microsurgery describes surgical procedures that are performed using an operating microscope. This sort of surgical procedure is used in various type of surgeries, including:

Due to the complex details involved, microsurgeries can sometimes be intensive and may require great skill to perform. Also, newer equipment and techniques can also be complicated. Thus, microsurgeries can sometimes be associated with various risks of injury or side effects.

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What is the Most Common Type of Microsurgery?

Reconstructive microsurgery is the most common type of microsurgery. This surgery involves reconstructing:

  • Tissues;
  • Organs; and
  • Skin.

The operating microscope is used in conjunction with tiny instruments to repair and align small blood vessels and nerves. Several different types of microsurgery currently exist. The most common types of microsurgeries are:

  • Laser Microsurgery: This surgery involves the use of a microscope and laser. The laser is used to perform remove cancerous masses or repair organs without making major incisions.
  • Endoscopic Microsurgery: The surgery consists of using a microscope mounted to an endoscope. An endoscope, inside a flexible or rigid tube, is inserted into the patient’s body to provide a light source. The light source is used to transmit images to the surgeon to view via a video screen or eye piece. This type of surgery is used for procedures on the ear canal, lungs, or uterus.
  • Lumbar Surgery: The use of a microscope allows a surgeon to make minor incisions instead of invasive ones. It also assists a surgeon in removing damaged portions of spinal disk or bone.

Can Medical Malpractice Occur During Microsurgery?

Anytime that a surgical procedure is carried out, there is a chance for medical malpractice to happen. Medical malpractice happens when a medical professional provides negligent care to a patient.

The substandard care harms the patient and causes additional injuries, resulting in additional injuries or damages. Some common medical malpractice examples that can occur during microsurgery can include:

  • Failure to sterilize equipment properly;
  • Failure to remove an object from the body after the surgery (such as a sponge);
  • Improper use of the microsurgery equipment;
  • Disregarding safety rules for operating the equipment; and/or
  • Failure to use proper protective equipment.

Common injuries resulting from microsurgery malpractice can include infections, movement of implants, torn tissue, inflammation, and other injuries. More serious conditions can include failed organs and other internal issues.

Should I Contact an Attorney Regarding My Microsurgery Injury?

If you or a loved one was injured during a microsurgery, you may need to contact a  personal injury attorney. The attorney will advise you of your legal rights and file a lawsuit on your behalf. You may be entitled to recover damages for the injury, and may be entitled to other legal remedies as well.