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Chicago Hysterectomy Malpractice Lawyer

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.

You can reach us through our online form or call (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free initial consultation.

What Is a Hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a person’s uterus, and in some cases, other reproductive organs.

What Conditions Does a Hysterectomy Treat?

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.

Types of Hysterectomies

  • Total Hysterectomy: A removal of the uterus and cervix is most common.
  • Supracervical (Partial) Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus, but not the cervix.
  • Hysterectomy with Oophorectomy: Removal of the uterus, one or both ovaries, and in some cases, the fallopian tubes.
  • Radical Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus, cervix, top of the vagina, surrounding tissue, and in some cases, pelvic lymph nodes. It is most commonly used to treat cancer.

Methods of Performing a Hysterectomy

Vaginal Hysterectomy

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.

Abdominal Hysterectomy

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.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

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.

Robotic Hysterectomy

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.

Risks Associated with Hysterectomies

Even less invasive hysterectomies, like vaginal or laparoscopic hysterectomies, come with potential complications.

  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia: It’s possible to have a serious, adverse reaction to the anesthesia medication(s).
  • Anesthesia errors during the procedure: The anesthesiologist might make a mistake. You might receive too little or too much anesthesia, not receive enough oxygen during the procedure, or suffer an injury to your mouth, esophagus, trachea, or vocal cords.
  • Damage to the urinary tract, bladder, rectum, or other pelvic structures or organs during the procedure: A surgical error could result in a laceration or other injury to nearby organs and structures. Damage to the bladder or bowel can lead to incontinence and other issues. In significant cases, you might need a colostomy to collect bowel movements.
  • Vaginal prolapse: When the cervix or top of the vagina is removed, there’s a risk of prolapse.
  • Infection: With any medical procedures comes a risk of infection if the hospital staff doesn’t follow strict procedures and keep the surgical field sterile.
  • Bleeding: You might experience hemorrhaging during or after a hysterectomy and require a blood transfusion.
  • Blood clots: A blood clot can prevent blood circulation and the flow of oxygen in the body, and in some cases, can lead to stroke.
  • Ovary failure/early menopause: If your ovaries are removed, or even if one or both are left, they may stop producing hormones. You could face medical issues, like osteoporosis while going through early menopause.

Did You Give Informed Consent?

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.

Hysterectomy Mistakes Can Lead to Long-Term Injuries

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.

Pursue Compensation for a Botched Hysterectomy in Chicago

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.

Reach out to schedule your free, no-risk consultation at (312) 236-2900 or through our online form.

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