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