Laparoscopic Complications

  • Joongho Shin
  • Sang W. LeeEmail author


Although studies report fewer complications after laparoscopic colectomy, surgeons need to be aware of both common and unique complications that are associated with laparoscopy. In order to prevent laparoscopy-related complications, you need to have a consistent and systematic approach. Optimal exposure and clear understanding of laparoscopic anatomy are prerequisite to a successful laparoscopic surgery. In re-operative laparoscopic surgery, early proactive conversion is likely to result in favorable outcome. In contrast, reactive conversion created late in the operation in response to intraoperative complications will likely lead to a poor outcome and needs to be avoided.


Splenic Flexure Laparoscopic Colectomy Great Omentum Veress Needle Energy Device 
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Supplementary material

Video 31.1

Superficial thermal damage to the duodenum (MPG 6339 kb)

Video 31.2

Bleeding from the IMA pedicle (Video by David Longcope, MD (AVI 494403 kb))

Video 31.3

Bleeding from the ileocolic pedicle during a single incision laparoscopic right colectomy (MOV 117243 kb)

Video 31.4

Near miss injury to the right ureter during laparoscopic dissection (MPG 3009 kb)

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Approaches to the difficult splenic flexure (MOV 130545 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryNew York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal SurgeryWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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