Hysterectomies are a widely common surgery. They are the second most common surgery for reproductive-age women in the U.S. after C-sections. Each year, about 400,000 hysterectomies are performed, and close to 68% are done for non-cancerous conditions. In recent years, less invasive procedures have become more common than traditional abdominal hysterectomies.
But, even with less invasive surgeries, hysterectomies come with risks. When your surgeon and other hospital staff aren’t exceedingly careful, you could suffer an unnecessary complication. We recommend you reach out to us at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. if you believe you’ve been the victim of hysterectomy malpractice. We’ll talk with you about Illinois medical malpractice law and the possibility of pursuing compensation.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a person’s uterus, and in some cases, other reproductive organs.
A person might have a hysterectomy to treat abnormal bleeding, reoccurring infections, Endometriosis, Adenomyosis, endometrial hyperplasia, pelvic organ prolapse, bladder or intestinal blockage, non-cancerous fibroids, precancerous conditions, and cancer.
A surgeon removes the uterus through the vaginal opening. This technique is typically used when the uterus has prolapsed, or the person needs vaginal repairs performed. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends vaginal hysterectomies when they’re possible.
They typically lead to fewer complications than abdominal or laparoscopic hysterectomies. Recovery includes up to one night in the hospital and up to six weeks of limited activity. But, the ACOG says vaginal hysterectomies usually have a faster recovery time than other methods.
A surgeon makes an incision between six and eight inches long to remove the uterus through the abdomen. This technique is usually used if other organs or masses will be removed along with the uterus or the uterus is significantly enlarged. Recovery includes two-three nights in the hospital and up to six weeks of limited activity.
A surgeon makes small incisions in the lower abdomen and inserts a laparoscope and other surgical tools. They remove the uterus in sections through the laparoscope tube or vagina. For many surgeons, laparoscopic hysterectomies are standard. They only use another technique if necessary. Recovery includes up to one night in the hospital and up to six weeks of limited activity.
A surgeon makes four or five small incisions in the abdomen and uses 3D magnification, robotic technology, and miniature surgical instruments to remove the uterus. Recovery includes up to one night in the hospital and up to six weeks of limited activity.
Even less invasive hysterectomies, like vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomies, come with potential complications.
Another form of malpractice is if your doctor didn’t get your informed consent to perform the hysterectomy or remove other organs during the non-emergency procedure. You must be told the risks of any surgery before you can agree to it. If you weren’t told of the potential complications, then your consent isn’t based on having a full understanding of the circumstances.
Your doctor also might choose to remove different structures during the hysterectomy, such as your ovaries, without your prior consent. If you woke from anesthesia to discover that you underwent a non-emergency hysterectomy, talk with a Chicago hysterectomy malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Some risks associated with hysterectomies are minor, and you can expect to make a full recovery. But other complications can lead to life-long injuries. You might experience urinary incontinence or need a colonoscopy bag. You might have daily pain and discomfort in your abdomen or lower back, which might be significant during sexual intercourse and harm your romantic relationships.
When you suffered at the hands of a negligent surgeon or hospital, talk with a Chicago hysterectomy malpractice attorney about your options. You might have the right to pursue an Illinois medical malpractice claim and compensation. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. will guide you through the claims process, including settlement negotiations with the insurer, and fight hard for you to receive the maximum compensation possible.
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