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Does laparoscopic surgery have hidden risks?

New surgical techniques are supposed to be safer and less invasive. Laparoscopy is one example. In this type of surgery, the doctor makes a small incision and inserts a lighted tube. Compared to traditional surgery, laparoscopic surgery is marketed as safer, less invasive and resulting in less bleeding. However, a recent warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests that one application of the surgical technique requires further investigation.