The potential complications of a laparoscopic procedure include those related to laparoscopy and those related to the specific operative procedure. The majority of these complications occur during the early learning phase for laparoscopy. They also may occur, however, during procedures performed by surgeons who have considerable laparoscopic experience. As new applications for laparoscopy continue to emerge, it is important for the surgeon to be familiar with the possible complications associated with the various laparoscopic procedures. Only through an appreciation of the potential complications of a procedure can their overall incidence be reduced to a minimum.
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