Laparoscopy and litigation: small access, small injuries, big trouble

  • David Bass  Western Cape Provincial Department of Health
Keywords: laparoscopy, litigation

Abstract

The refinement of optic technology and the commercial availability of laparoscopic hardware in the later part of the 20th century were warmly welcomed by innovative specialists who operated on the abdomen or pelvic cavity. The advantages of minimal access, negligible scarring and shorter recovery time promised higher patient satisfaction and lower hospital costs as well as a tangible sign of surgery taking yet another exciting step into the age of ‘hi-tech’. Many surgeons may also have anticipated shorter operating time, particularly when confronted with obese patients, and some of them would have been right – assuming all went well.

Author Biography

David Bass,  Western Cape Provincial Department of Health

Medico-legal Unit, Western Cape Provincial Department of Health, South Africa

Published
2020-01-14
How to Cite
Bass, D. (2020). Laparoscopy and litigation: small access, small injuries, big trouble. South African Journal of Surgery, 58(01), 7-9. Retrieved from http://sajs.redbricklibrary.com/index.php/sajs/article/view/3219
Section
Perspective