Transcorporeal injury to a surgical assistant with the CO2 laser during laparoscopy

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Background: Injury to the surgeon or assistant is an uncommon, but probably underreported, complication of laser use in gynecologic surgery. Case: A laser injury occurred to the finger of the surgical assistant during the intraabdominal portion of a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. In this case, the assistant was burned during manipulation of the vagina and uterus despite the use of moistened gauze. Conclusion: Inadvertent injury is possible through transcorporeal passage of the CO2 laser beam during laparoscopy. This complication is best avoided by using only intraabdominal manipulation of the uterus or an alternate cutting source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-274
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pelvic Medicine and Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 19 2004


  • CO
  • Laparoscopy
  • Laser
  • Surgical complications


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