Chapter 12. Complications of Laparoscopic Surgery

  1. Tony C. K. Tham MD, FRCP, FRCPI Consultant Gastroenterologist Head of School of Medicine3,4,
  2. John S. A. Collins MD Consultant Gastroenterologist5 and
  3. Roy M. Soetikno MD, MS Chief Associate Professor6,7
  1. Stephen Attwood MCh, FRCS, FRCSI Clinical Director for General Surgery Consultant Upper GI Laparoscopic Surgeon1,2

Published Online: 9 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch12

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition

How to Cite

Attwood, S. (2008) Complications of Laparoscopic Surgery, in Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Second Edition (eds T. C. K. Tham, J. S. A. Collins and R. M. Soetikno), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303292.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    The Ulster Hospital, Dundonald, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  2. 4

    Northern Ireland deanery, UK

  3. 5

    Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

  4. 6

    GI Section, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, USA

  5. 7

    Stanford University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Northumbria Healthcare Trust, Tyne & Wear, UK

  2. 2

    North Tyneside General Hospital, Tyne & Wear, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146340

Online ISBN: 9781444303292



  • complications of laparoscopic surgery;
  • cardiorespiratory system - gas in wrong cavity;
  • complications in systemic circulation;
  • complications of operative injury during laparoscopy;
  • enterotomy;
  • complications of laparoscopic cholecystectomy;
  • problem of bleeding during laparoscopy;
  • conversion to open surgery;
  • hernia repair, inguinal, femoral, incisional


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Assessment, investigation and management of laparoscopic complications

  • Types of complication

  • References