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Legal: Bowel injury alleged during laparoscopy

A woman having laparoscopic surgery sustains bowel injury.

A 47-year-old Florida woman underwent laparoscopic resection of endometrial polyps, left ovarian cystectomy, and dilation and curettage in 2002. She was discharged on the day of surgery, but went to the emergency room later that evening with complaints of lower abdominal pain. Ultimately, she was diagnosed with perforation of the small bowel and underwent open lysis of adhesions and resection of a portion of small bowel.

The woman sued and claimed negligence in performing

Department editor DAWN COLLINS, JD, is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, CA. She welcomes feedback on this column via e-mail to dawncfree@gmail.com