Our Michigan medical malpractice lawyers represent patients like you who have suffered injuries due to medical mistakes made by doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Many of these injuries are very serious, often requiring extensive medical treatment and the need for additional surgeries. When a medical error causes a death, it can give rise to a Michigan wrongful death lawsuit.
There are risks involved in every medical procedure and not all poor results are due to medical malpractice. A lawsuit can only be filed when there is a medical error or mistake that caused your injury. Our experience medical malpractice lawyers will review your medical chart and determine whether your injury was the result of negligent treatment or just a normal risk or complication of your procedure.
Hysterectomy surgery can be performed several ways, vaginally, laparoscopically assisted, or open through the abdomen (abdominal hysterectomy). Regardless of the approach, a hysterectomy is an inpatient procedure that is done using general anesthesia.
Generally speaking, laparoscopic patients heal the quickest, with a return to work and activity as quickly as two weeks, while open hysterectomy patients required six to nine weeks to return to normal activity.
The approach varies with surgeon preference and the reason for the hysterectomy. A uterus with large tumors may not be able to be removed through the vagina or tiny laparoscopic incisions, but must be removed through the larger open incision. In most cases, the open approach is the least favored by surgeons, as blood loss is greater, recovery is longer and the risk of infection is higher.
Regardless of the approach used for the surgery, the procedure consists of separating the uterus from the ligaments and tissue that hold it in place and any scar tissue that may be present. It is then removed through the vagina or the abdominal incision.
Once the surgeon has inspected the tissue for any tumors or bleeding and determines that the surgery is complete, the instruments are withdrawn and any incisions are closed. Abdominal laparoscopic incisions may be closed with absorbable sutures and sterile tape while open incisions will be held closed with staples or sutures that are removed weeks later by the surgeon.
Risks of Hysterectomy Procedures
The most common risks of a Hysterectomy procedure are:
- Uncontrollable leakage of urine
- Injury to bladder
- Injury to urethra
- Injury to the bowel and/or intestinal obstruction
- Painful intercourse
- Ovarian failure requiring hormone administration
- Formation of fistula between vagina and rectum
Contact a Michigan Hysterectomy Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you suspect that you or a family member have been the victim of medical malpractice from a hysterectomy surgery, you should contact our office immediately to discuss your case. There are strict time limitations for filing medical malpractice cases in Michigan and if you wait too long, your case may be barred forever. Call us now at (800) 606-1717.
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