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Keyhole surgery

Keyhole surgery, although favourable because of the minimal scar tissue that develops as a result, can be quite risky.

What are errors in keyhole surgery?

Surgery is a specialist area in which surgeons are highly trained.  However, errors can occur during an operation which you may be able to claim compensation for.

 In keyhole surgery a camera is inserted to allow surgeons to carry out the operation with the minimal disruption to the skin. Unfortunately the risk with this procedure is on the initial entry of the tube which the camera is passed through. The surgeon has to effectively ‘go blind’ by inserting the tube into the body without being able to see where it is going which can, if not done correctly, cause perforations of the surrounding organs.

Examples of where negligence may have occurred during keyhole surgery can be shown by:

  • Damaged nerves, tissue and veins as a result of the incorrect technique of entry;

  • Perforating organs, again as a result of the incorrect technique of entry;

  • Surgical equipment being left in the body e.g swabs;

  • Perforation leading to peritonitis which is not diagnosed in a timely fashion.

Medical care and rehabilitation

Medical care for errors in keyhole surgery can range from being monitored to requiring further surgery as the range of errors are extremely vast. Every case will be different depending on the facts. 

We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country and take an active role in providing quality information and advice about the extra resources that may be available. We work with rehabilitation experts both in the NHS and in the private sector to ensure the continuity of your care.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist with your:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Some people who suffer injury as a result of errors during keyhole surgery require support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

  • Charities and support groups.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation for an error made during keyhole surgery?

Sometimes things can go wrong in keyhole surgery and we will investigate whether the error happened as a result of the negligence of your surgeon to decide whether you can obtain compensation if you have suffered as a result of the negligence.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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