[Specific complications of minimally invasive surgery]

N Runkel, O Jurcovan
Der Chirurg; Zeitschrift Für Alle Gebiete der Operativen Medizen 2015, 86 (12): 1097-104
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is fundamentally different from open surgery regarding positioning of the patient, access routes and instrumentation. Each of these aspects is associated with its own specific morbidity, such as positioning-related complications, trocar-induced lesions, hypercapnia-associated phenomena and thermal damage. The growing experience of surgeons and technological progress have increased patient safety to a maximum and have resulted in an impressive spread of MIS in the various fields of surgery including the most common, such as cholecystectomy and hernia repair and special fields, such as bariatric, thoracic and oncological surgery. This narrative review summarizes the current knowledge on the inherent complications of MIS.

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