A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the womb (uterus) and may also include the cervix and ovaries.
During this procedure the bladder may be damaged as the abdomen is being opened, (i.e. it may be accidentally nicked or punctured) particularly if prior procedures have left a thin layer of scar tissue eg. from previous Caesarean sections.
Additionally, the bladder and uterus are situated close together and must often be physically separated before the uterus can be removed. This process of moving the bladder down in order to access the uterus may also damage it.
If a surgeon makes a mistake during a hysterectomy and cuts or punctures the bladder, it must be repaired during the surgery in order to prevent complications.
If your surgeon was negligent and failed to identify cuts or injury to the bladder and failed to repair this damage during the hysterectomy surgery, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Devonshires Claims’ medical negligence and compensation claims experts will carefully assess your bladder injury claim following a hysterectomy. Our medical negligence solicitors work hard to obtain the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained and we will put you in touch with other support services such as counsellors and clinical case managers who can help you recover.
For more information on Devonshires Claims ‘No Win No Fee’ hysterectomy claims service or to start your free no-obligation case evaluation, please contact us today on 0333 900 8787, email email@example.com or complete our online contact form.
Surgical Mistakes and Negligence Associated with Hysterectomy Surgery
Hysterectomies are performed to address a number of issues affecting the female reproductive system including fibroids, long-term pelvic discomfort, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, or fallopian tube cancer. A hysterectomy is a significant procedure with a lengthy recovery period that should be considered only when less invasive options have been exhausted.
Due to the bladder being located close to the uterus, injury to the bladder during a hysterectomy surgery may not always constitute medical negligence. However, it is critical that the damage is recognised during the procedure and that a repair is made before the patient is sutured together.
Compensation for performing the hysterectomy in a negligent manner and injuring the bladder may be awarded in the following situations
- The patient was not informed of the risks of a cut or tear to the bladder prior to consenting to the hysterectomy
- The cut, tear or burn (from a surgical instrument) to the bladder was not identified during the surgery and was therefore not repaired.
- The risk of bladder perforation in women who have had previous surgical procedures such as C-sections and myomectomies (surgery to remove fibroids) were not identified.
If mistakes were made before or during the hysterectomy you may be able to claim compensation for the bladder and other injuries you sustained, any corrective surgery required and loss of earnings.
The Risk of Bladder Injuries During a Hysterectomy
A bladder injury that goes untreated may quickly lead to a range of significant problems. Often symptoms of a cut or damaged bladder could include:
- Blood in urine
- Loss of bladder function (cannot control urination, pain during urination)
- Vaginal bleeding
- Leaking urine from your vagina.
Complications of cuts or injury to a bladder include:
- The first probable outcome is that urine seeps through the perforation and into the abdominal cavity, producing peritonitis. This causes symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and, if not treated promptly, sepsis.
- A vesicovaginal fistula is another typical consequence of undetected bladder damage. This happens when the bladder and the vagina become connected (due to a hole or tear), causing urine to flow uncontrolled out of the vagina.
- Urinary tract infections
- A cyst may develop on the site of the cut, which could require further surgery to remove.
- The need for emergency surgery to fit a catheter while the bladder damage is repaired and the wound has healed. Continuous bladder drainage with a urethral catheter is mandatory following the surgery.
- A cut or damaged ureter may need to be surgically repaired and re-implanted
- Loss or reduction in kidney function
- Ongoing bladder issues (needing to urine often, urgent urination, pain during urination)
- Anxiety and depression due to lack of bladder control and discomfort.
Compensation for Bladder Damage
A surgeon must always be aware of the risks of a procedure and act to minimise these risks. If mistakes were made during your hysterectomy operation and your bladder (or other organs) were cut or damaged, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.
Unfortunately, hysterectomy negligence and errors do occur throughout the NHS and in private hospitals.
By taking the steps to start your compensation claim, you have the opportunity to:
- Help prevent similar harm from occurring to other patients
- To make the health authority acknowledge the mistakes made
- and to secure the justice and compensation you deserve.
For a free case evaluation of your bladder injury claim following a hysterectomy, contact our experienced and compassionate medical negligence solicitors today. We will deal with your claim with sensitivity and keep you informed at every stage of the legal process. Call us today on 0333 900 8787, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete our online form to contact us.
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