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Does Minimally Invasive Surgery Have Risks?

Minimally invasive surgery has become more and more popular over the course of the past decade, mostly because smaller incisions lead to shorter recovery time. Less pain, less blood loss and the reduced chance of infection are just some of the benefits that make minimally invasive surgery very attractive.

With the proliferation of minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery, many patients are under the impression that there are very few, if any, risks of these new and techniques. While in most cases the risks are reduced significantly, as compared to open surgery, there are always risks during a surgical procedure.

Though the vast majority of patients do qualify for minimally invasive surgery, open surgery is sometimes inevitable. As an example, open hernia surgery is often indicated rather than minimally invasive surgery for people who have multiple hernias or significant scar tissue in the area of the hernia (possibly from a previous surgical procedure).

In every surgery, open or minimally invasive, there is the risk of postsurgical infection as well as the risks inherent to the specific procedure itself. No matter what procedure a patient decides to undergo they should understand that no procedure is perfectly safe. The advent of minimally invasive surgery has meant that millions of patients have enjoyed shorter recovery times, reduced chances of serious infection risks and mitigation of many surgical risks. As with any procedure however, patients should full explore the risks and benefits of all options on the table.

To learn more about the risks of minimally invasive procedure and understand how they may affect your particular circumstance, please contact us for more information and a consultation.

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