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Risk Factors for Laparoscopy

As with any surgical procedure, complications may occur. Possible complications of laparoscopy include, but are not limited to, bleeding from the site of insertion and misplacement of the gas used to help visualize the organs.

In certain situations, laparoscopy may be contraindicated. These situations include patients with advanced abdominal wall malignancies, chronic tuberculosis, thrombocytopenia (low blood platelet count) or other bleeding problems, multiple surgical adhesions, and patients taking blood thinning medication.

There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor prior to the procedure.
Certain factors or conditions may interfere with a laparoscopy. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Obesity
  • History of multiple surgeries resulting in adhesions that prevent safe access to the abdomen with a laparoscope
  • Blood from an intra-abdominal hemorrhage may prevent visualization with the laparoscope

Locations for Laparoscopy