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Common Hysterectomy Errors and Medical Malpractice

Dec 8, 2016 | Surgical Errors

Hysterectomy ranks second among the most frequently performed surgical procedures, after caesarian sections, in the United States.

According to CDC, 11.7% of women aged between 40 and 44 had a hysterectomy from 2006 to 2010. Roughly 600,000 of this procedure are performed each year in the US and approximately 20 million women across the nation have had a hysterectomy. By the age of 60, over one-third of all women in the US have had a hysterectomy.

Common Mistakes in Hysterectomy Surgery

Even during surgical procedures that are performed daily by medical professionals, mistakes that have severe consequences may occur. Patients who undergo a hysterectomy may suffer from medical errors such as leaving a foreign object in the body and other surgical mistakes which include:

  • Nerve Injury
  • Injury to internal structures or other organs
  • Improper post-surgery monitoring
  • Bladder perforation

In some cases, patients can contract an infection after getting a procedure performed. This is an inherent risk in all surgeries, but failure to take proper precautions on the medical professional’s part might increase the risk. For example, when the signs of an infection are not recognized and proper treatment is not administered, it could cause the condition to become worse. Similarly, failure to use sterile equipment or use proper hygiene could increase the risk of infection as well and fall under a type of medical negligence.

Is it Medical Negligence if Bladder Perforation Occurs During Hysterectomy?

According to medical experts, bladder perforation itself is unlikely to be medical negligence as it is an accepted complication of hysterectomy surgery. You, nonetheless, need to be informed that a potential complication of this surgery is an accidental cutting of a hole in your bladder.

A situation that would more likely be negligence is failure to notice the bladder perforation and conclusion of the surgery without an urologist repairing the injury. The standard of care requires that the perforation is identified during the surgery and that the urologist repairs the injury while the patient is under anesthesia. These complications are more common in hysterectomies that are performed vaginally than those performed through an open surgery.

Repairing the bladder perforation can be done through an open abdominal surgery or vaginally. No matter which technique is used, it is important that an urologist is called to the operating room in order to repair the injury. If a patient suffers bladder perforation due to the surgeon’s negligence and does not receive help to repair it, they may have a medical negligence case and can sue the doctor or hospital for their injuries.

A Law Firm for the Ages

If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications due to medical negligence during a hysterectomy, you should immediately consult a medical malpractice attorneys at the famed Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff, & Wolff firm at (212) 697-9280 . RMFW Law stands head and shoulders above the rest.

Give us a call today if you are having any legal issues with your doctor or hospital. They will not help you and screaming at the staff does not make any sense since you may need one of them on your side in the months ahead. RMFW Law knows how to win medical malpractice cases. We charge you nothing up front and you are not charged anything if we fall short in this case.

We only take a percentage of the final settlement or verdict so in essence, you never have to pay us anything. Call us now!