Complications of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Katherine Fritton, Edward Tanner

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When compared with open surgery, minimally invasive surgery leads to fewer overall complications. However, minimally invasive surgeons must be aware of the unique complications associated with these approaches. In particular, laparoscopic entry can lead to serious injury of blood vessels and/or abdominal viscera. Thermal devices can cause serious but occult injuries to the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. Finally, port sites provide opportunities for herniation and metastases, whereas pneumoperitoneum can cause subcutaneous emphysema and, rarely, gas emboli. Awareness of these complications and knowledge of their management are imperative for the gynecologic surgeon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples of Gynecologic Oncology Surgery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780323428781
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Complications
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Pneumoperitoneum
  • Port site
  • Visceral injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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