Gynecology Surgery Malpractice
Gynecological surgery can be one of many forms of surgery, such as open abdominal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and intravaginal surgery. Surgery can also be performed on the rectovaginal septum and/or the vulva.
Gynecology Surgery Medical Malpractice Lawyers
As is the case with every type of surgery, there are certain risks and complications that can occur and in some cases, these issues could have or should have been avoided. If you or someone you know has been harmed from a gynecological surgical procedure, a personal injury lawyer may be to help. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers handles a variety of personal injury cases, of which, many relate to complications from gynaecological surgery. If you would like a free, no obligation consultation, please contact us today for more information. A medical malpractice lawyer will handle personal injury compensation claim settlements that deal with the issues of gynecology and obstetrics arising when a physician has not administered proper care or treatment. If you would like to talk to one of our medical malpractice lawyers who deals with issues relating to negligent surgery, please use the contact form on this website or email our offices. We offer free advice with no further obligation in order to protect your legal right to claim compensation for personal injury caused by negligence. There are time limits to medical malpractice lawsuits and you should take legal advice from a specialist medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after the negligent event that caused your injury.
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Surgical Procedures
Gynecological surgery can include any of the following treatments: ovarian surgery, hysterectomy, anterior or posterior repairs, dilatation and curettage, and fallopian tube surgery. The most commonly preformed type of gynecological surgery is the hysterectomy. This may be needed to help with endometriosis, or cancer, and involves removal of the uterus and sometimes the fallopian tubes.
Dilatation and curettage, sometimes called a D&C, is performed when there is has been a miscarriage, to help with uterine cancer, to help with heavy menstrual bleeding, and to treat uterine polyps. The procedure requires the cervix to be opened and the curette scrapes the lining of the uterus. While this procedure is quite effective, there are times when too much tissue is removed causing infections of the fallopian tubes or the uterus, as well as implantation issues with pregnancies.
Anterior and posterior repairs are required when there is a thinning or sagging of the vaginal walls or tissues. This happens from damage during the birth process, and is remedied by removing a section of the vagina. The incisions are then stitched back together to make a tighter area. If this surgical procedure is done incorrectly, damage to the urethra or bladder can result. If this happens, more surgery may be needed, or the patient will have to drain the bladder with a catheter until the damage is repaired.
Another type of gynecological surgery that is common is the tubal ligation. This is done to prevent future pregnancies, and is considered to be effective. That being said, there is a small change it will not work completely, resulting in pregnancies that are unplanned. The legal issues that are associated with this procedure usually related to patients not being made aware of this risk, and not supplying informed consent. Tubal ligations are completed by removing a section of the fallopian tube, cutting the ends, and then tying, clipping, or burning them back together.
Ovarian surgery may be needed for several reasons, such as to remove cancerous growths, to handle endometriosis, or to remove cysts. Not all cases will require the complete removal of the ovaries, and there are often times when just the cyst, tumor, or endometrial spot can be removed while preserving the remainder of the ovary.
The most common complaint with cases involving gynecological surgery is that the physician failed to diagnose a pregnancy efficiently. Surgical procedures can impact pregnancies and may be lost if the surgery is done in the uterine area, or certain anesthetics are used without first verifying there is no pregnancy. Regardless of whether a patient thinks she is or is not pregnant, a test should always be ordered before any surgery is done. Another common complaint is that surgeons do not verify the number of implements, swabs, and rags used. This can cause objects to remain in the pelvic area or abdomen, leading to chronic pain and infections. These cases of negligence could have and should have been avoided, and patients have rights.
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If you would like help with any type of medical negligence case, including those having to do with ectopic pregnancies, please contact our firm today for more information. All consultations with our medical malpractice lawyers are free of charge and require no further obligation.