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What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

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What Is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a form of surgery that allows surgeons to use a variety of surgical techniques such as power morcellation to operate on a patient without causing injuries associated with traditional surgeries. It is generally performed on an outpatient basis, although it may be performed in a hospital depending on the equipment needed to perform the surgery properly.

What Are the Benefits of This Type of Surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery requires making tiny incisions on a patient’s body. This allows for:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery time for a patient
  • Less of a physical mark of surgery, such as smaller scars or no scars at all
  • Little to no time in the hospital

What Was One of the First Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Laparoscopy was one of the first types of surgeries to be considered minimally invasive. This surgery is done via one or more tiny incisions. A surgeon uses a small camera inserted into one of the incisions to operate. The small camera provides a three dimensional and magnified view of the surgical site. There are now many different surgical robots that are used in minimally invasive surgery.

Can I Sue a Surgeon for Improperly Performing Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Yes. A surgeon who fails to properly perform this kind of surgery can be sued for medical malpractice.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a type of personal injury involving a health care professional. The health care professional is negligent in providing care to a patient, which leads to the care being substandard. This negligence causes a patient to suffer additional injuries and medical expenses.

How Is Medical Malpractice Proven?

To prove a medical malpractice claim against a surgeon, a plaintiff must prove:

  1. Duty: The surgeon had a duty to the plaintiff not to harm them
  2. Breach of Duty: The surgeon violated their duty not to harm the patient
  3. Cause: The surgeon was the actual and proximate cause of harm to the patient
  4. Damages: The plaintiff suffered some kind of quantifiable harm, such as additional medical bills and pain and suffering

Should I Contact a Lawyer about Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Improperly performed surgery can lead to a lifetime of health problems, which is especially worrisome when the surgery was supposed to be minimally invasive in the first place. If you have been injured by a surgeon during minimally invasive surgery, contact a personal injury lawyer to understand you legal options.

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Last Modified: 11-23-2015 11:23 AM PST

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