It can be difficult to come to terms with being told that you have to have a hysterectomy as the operation can be painful with a long recovery period afterwards. But what if something goes wrong when having your hysterectomy?
Sometime surgeons can damage your ureter (the tube which takes urine from kidneys to bladder) during the operation which can cause major problems, especially as the damage is not normally detected until after you’ve been discharged.
We do understand how distressing this is for you as you are trying to come to terms with the issues around having a hysterectomy both physically and mentally and suddenly you are very unwell again and having to have another operation. We can help you to discuss if you would like to make a claim for compensation.
What sort of damage can happen?
There are a wide range of problems associated with ureter damage during hysterectomy and for a wide variety of reasons.
Sometimes the reason why a hysterectomy has been performed can mean that damage to your ureter can be more common. For example if you have cancer, suffer from endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease and have to have a hysterectomy, these conditions will present a greater risk of damage to the ureter due to the changes the form of your womb
However most hysterectomies that are carried out are for more common problems, such as menorrhagia (heavy periods) possibly due to fibroids, where the womb will look normal and therefore there should be less risk involved.
The types of damage that may happen are:
• Obstruction of ureter by stitches
• Cutting of ureter which can cause other issues such as hydronephrosis (back up of urine on kidney)
• Necrosis (death of the tissue) of ureter after cutting
The problems highlighted above are not usually identified until sometime after the initial hysterectomy surgery and there can be weeks before diagnosis of a damaged ureter is made.
What can we do to help?
We understand how difficult it is to come to terms with what has happened. When you undergo a routine operation you trust that everything is going to go well and that you are going to be fine. If you have experienced problems after a hysterectomy we can help.
We’ll discuss your situation with you in detail and understand the facts of what has happened to you. We’ll then be able to offer you advice on what the next steps are to move forward and make a claim for compensation if that is what you choose to do.
What will it cost me to make a claim?
We understand what an awful experience you have had whilst undergoing your operation and we can help you.
We always offer a free consultation to discuss your claim with you to decide if you would like to make a claim.
We’ll discuss all the funding options available to you and advise you which one we think is most suitable for your particular situation.
You will be under no obligation to take your claim any further if you decide you are not ready to make a claim.