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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 196-205

Laparoscopy in trauma: An overview of complications and related topics

1 Department of Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, United States
2 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States
3 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States
4 Department of Surgery, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, New Jersey, United States
5 Department of Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
6 Department of Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
7 Department of Surgery, Drexel University/Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
8 Department of Anesthesiology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
St. Luke's University Health Network, Department of Research and Innovation, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015
United States
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.165004

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The introduction of laparoscopy has provided trauma surgeons with a valuable diagnostic and, at times, therapeutic option. The minimally invasive nature of laparoscopic surgery, combined with potentially quicker postoperative recovery, simplified wound care, as well as a growing number of viable intraoperative therapeutic modalities, presents an attractive alternative for many traumatologists when managing hemodynamically stable patients with selected penetrating and blunt traumatic abdominal injuries. At the same time, laparoscopy has its own unique complication profile. This article provides an overview of potential complications associated with diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy in trauma, focusing on practical aspects of identification and management of laparoscopy-related adverse events.

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