Having a hysterectomy can be an extremely stressful time in your life, no matter the reason for it. The last thing you need when you’re dealing with this type of surgery is to have a complication or error that causes an issue. You select surgeons and physicians with the belief that they will ease your suffering, not increase it. A hysterectomy error can cause lifelong suffering, expensive ongoing medical treatments, and even death.
If you or someone you love has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence in performing a hysterectomy, you may have a Chicago medical malpractice claim. If you have a valid claim, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, organ damage, loss of normal life, lost wages, and other tangible and intangible expenses. If you have been hurt and you think you may have a claim, the best thing to do is to contact an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney who can learn the details of your situation and determine if your case is actionable.
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Types of Hysterectomy Procedures
A hysterectomy is a removal of a woman’s uterus, but may also include the removal of other reproductive organs. Here is a brief overview to the types of hysterectomies that are typically performed:
- Total Hysterectomy – The most common type of hysterectomy, total hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and cervix, but not the fallopian tubes or the ovaries.
- Hysterectomy with Salpingo-Oophorectomy – This type of hysterectomy includes the removal of one or both ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and the cervix.
- Radical Hysterectomy – In some cases, usually involving certain types of cancer, a radical hysterectomy may be performed. This type of procedure removes the uterus, the cervix, the top portion of the vagina, tissue surrounding the cervix in the pelvic area, and potentially the pelvic lymph nodes.
- Supracervical Hysterectomy – This is commonly known as a partial or subtotal hysterectomy, and in this type of procedure only the uterus (not the cervix) is removed.
There are different types of surgical procedures and techniques used to perform hysterectomies. These include:
- Abdominal Hysterectomy – An abdominal hysterectomy requires making an external incision about six to eight inches in length. This procedure is commonly used for hysterectomies that include removing the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Vaginal Hysterectomy – A vaginal hysterectomy does not require an external incision and there is no visible scarring after this type of procedure, and it is most often used where a uterus has prolapsed or where the vagina needs to be repaired during or after the procedure.
- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy – In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the procedure again goes through the vagina but with the aid of a laparoscope (a tube containing a video camera). This is a robot-assisted surgical procedure.
Reasons for Having a Hysterectomy
There are many reasons why a woman might need to have a hysterectomy. Here are some of the most common reasons:
- Nonmalignant fibroid tumors
- Endometriosis – This is a condition in which cells grow outside the uterus and attach to other reproductive organs, causing pelvic pain, pain during sex, and prolonged or excessive bleeding.
- Abnormal bleeding in the uterus – If you have a condition called endometrial hyperplasis, you may experience an abnormal thickening of the uterine lining that causes excessive bleeding.
- Cancer – Cervical, ovarian, bladder, or endometrial cancers may lead to your physician recommending a hysterectomy.
- Blockages – If your bladder, intestines, or other vital organs are blocked by your uterus or a growth in your reproductive organs, you may be recommended for a total or partial hysterectomy.
Hysterectomy Errors & Negligence
Just as there is with all invasive medical procedures, a hysterectomy carries risk. These can include:
- Back pain or pains to the sides of the body
- Bladder injury
- Bowel or intestine perforation
- Urinary incontinence
- Excessive blood loss or hemorrhaging
- Formulation of a fistula (an abnormal connection between an organ and another bodily structure)
- Intestinal obstruction
- Pain during sexual activity
- Post-hysterectomy infections
- Ureter injury
- Vaginal vault granulation (the growth of scar tissue at the top of the vagina when the cervix has been removed)
There are many instances in which an error could occur. Physicians and surgeons must ensure that you are properly prepared for surgery. This includes informing you of the risks associated with the procedure and obtaining your permission prior to performing a new procedure. An improper diagnosis or unnecessary hysterectomy could be a grave and life-altering recommendation.
A botched hysterectomy may be a result of medical negligence, and you may have a Chicago medical malpractice claim if you have suffered injury as a result of a hysterectomy. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages, including:
- Hospitalization costs
- Corrective surgery
- Future medical expenses and physical therapy expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential or future income
- Pain and suffering
If you were injured due to a hysterectomy error, please contact us today at (312) 801-2014 to speak with one of our Chicago personal injury lawyers. We can go over your situation and provide you with an overview of your options.