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Diagnostic Laparoscopy Risks -- Infection

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Presentation: Diagnostic Laparoscopy
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Despite the current sterile techniques used for all procedures, infections are always a possibility following this procedure. The seriousness and subsequent treatment options will vary, depending upon the location. Infections can range from very minor ones that only need to be treated with antibiotics, to very major infection, requiring a surgery to treat it.
Internal infections are rare; however, they are more serious. If you have or fever or severe abdominal pain, see your doctor immediately. In most cases, internal infections require hospitalization and IV antibiotics and, in rare cases, a repeat surgery. Because of the infection, you may be more likely to develop adhesions, which can cause pain and have an increased risk for a bowel obstruction.
Life-threatening complications are a very rare occurrence. If an infection does develop, your doctor will discuss the treatment options and expected outcomes with you.

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