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Bladder Damage During A Hysterectomy
If you or your loved one has suffered bladder damage during a hysterectomy, it will not necessarily amount to medical negligence. It is a known risk of hysterectomy operations, and cannot always be avoided. But what will amount to negligence is if the injury is not noticed at the time of the procedure. If this has happened to you, read on to find out what action you should take next.
Bladder damage during a hysterectomy: does this amount to medical negligence?
The bladder and the uterus lie very closely together, and the two often have to be manually separated before the uterus can be removed. It is not unusual for the bladder to sustain some form of damage while this is taking place. Furthermore, the bladder can be accidentally nicked or perforated while the abdomen is being opened, especially if previous operations have left a thin layer of scar tissue (for example, from previous Caesarean sections).
Bladder damage during a hysterectomy is, therefore, an accepted risk of hysterectomy and will not normally amount to medical negligence. However, it is absolutely vital the injury is detected at the time of the operation, and a repair performed before a patient is sutured together. If this does not happen, a woman will be considered the victim of medical negligence.
An undetected bladder injury will soon lead to a number of serious complications. The first possible consequence is that urine leaks through the hole and into the abdominal cavity, causing an infection known as peritonitis. This has symptoms such as fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, and if not treated in time, sepsis of the blood. This will make a patient extremely unwell and will potentially even be fatal. Another common complication that arises after an undiagnosed bladder injury is a vesicovaginal fistula. This occurs when there is a communication between the bladder and the vagina, causing urine to seep uncontrollably out of the vagina. This too can be an extremely uncomfortable, not to mention very embarrassing.
When a woman presents with such health issues after a hysterectomy, medical professionals should be quick to suspect an undetected bladder injury. Tests should be performed to confirm this diagnosis, and an emergency operation carried out to repair the hole. If action is taken in a timely fashion, a woman will go on to make a full recovery. Nevertheless, she will have experienced prolonged pain and suffering as a result of medical incompetence, and will also have had to undergo a second operation.
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If you have sustained a bladder injury during a hysterectomy that was not diagnosed and repaired at the time of the procedure, you will be entitled to compensation for the damages you have incurred. To begin your medical negligence claim, you need to speak to a solicitor who specialises in this area of the law.
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