Vesico Vaginal Malpractice
Vesico-vaginal fistulae are one of the most common types of urogential fistulae found in women. This condition is an abnormal tract between the bladder and vagina which causes urine to leave the bladder, reach the vagina, and leave the body without warning. Vesico-vaginal fistulae are often related to trauma to the bladder following surgery.
Vesico Vaginal Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our team of medical malpractice lawyers handle many different types of cases where women have sustained injuries because of negligence. 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 surgical procedure, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Our team of medical malpractice lawyers handles a variety of personal injury cases including those related to the cause of vesico-vaginal fistulae. 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 vesico-vaginal fistulae 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 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.
Vesico-Vaginal Fistulae - VVF Overview
One of the most common types of surgery that causes this condition is the hysterectomy. Vesico-vaginal fistulae (VVF) can occur in anywhere from a half to two percent of all procedures. It is estimated that about five hundred Canadian. women are affected by this complication yearly. The majority of cases of VVF are due to benign conditions that need to be addressed, yet ten percent of all cases have to do with obstetric trauma, five percent have to do with cancer and another five percent have to do with radiotherapy. Obstetric trauma often refers to complications from cesarean section deliveries, hysterectomy complications, the use of forceps during birth, and the rupturing of the uterus. Urologic surgery has also been linked to certain cases of VVF as well.
So, what exactly are the symptoms of a vesico-vaginal fistula, and what can be done about it? The most common symptom is urine that leaks from the vagina in an uncontrolled manner. There can also be extra vaginal discharge due to the urine causing an irritation to the wall of the vagina. If the VVF is larger in size, there may be regular bouts of urine leakage, but it may also only happen if the bladder is very full.
Vesico-vaginal fistulae can develop rapidly, with no prior notice. Nearly ninety percent of all of these cases develop within a week to a month after surgery takes place. Fistulas that present due to obstetric trauma often show up within about a day in the majority of cases. If the fistula developed because of radiation, it may not appear for years, and may even take up to thirty years to form. Other symptoms can be present as well and include: bladder contractions that happen as the fistula forms, radiation cystitis, and hematuria.
A medical professional can perform a visual inspection of the vagina to determine if a patient has a vesico-vaginal fistula. The use of a cytoscope can also help to diagnose the condition as it uses a small camera that is inserted directly into the bladder. A doctor can also use dye injections that are placed into the bladder to look for areas of leakage, which can lead to the discovery of the fistula.
Surgery to close off the area that is inflamed is usually used to treat a vesico-vaginal fistula. Antibiotics may also be prescribed to ensure the surgical environment is completely sterile before any surgery is conducted. If it is determined that the tissue surrounding the fistula is dead due to a lack of blood flow, the surgeon will first need to repair this by rerouting blood from a healthier area. A catheter will need to be used for many weeks or months while the fistula heals completely.
Injury Compensation Claims
If you or someone you know has experienced a vesico-vaginal fistula, and it was the result of negligence on the part of a medical professional you may be entitled to claim compensation. Just email our offices or use the contact form on this website for more information on how we can be of assistance.