A medical negligence compensation claim solicitor deals with applications for damages against healthcare professionals for personal injury and loss caused by negligent gynaecology practitioners. It is to your advantage, in order to preserve your legal right to compensation, to make contact with a medical negligence solicitor as soon as possible after the event that caused the gynaecological injury.
Women can be treated for gynaecological problems because of many different conditions. Some are related to pregnancy and others to things like uterine fibroids, uterine bleeding, cancer of the uterus or cancer of the ovaries or cervix.
Some gynaecological errors are directly due to misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis of a gynaecological problem. For example, a doctor can do a test for cervical or uterine cancer and can miss a correct diagnosis of cancer of these two organs. Missed diagnosis of cancer can lead to early cancer deaths, pain and suffering and unnecessary surgery. Early cancers of the uterus and/or cervix often don’t need major surgery, while a missed advanced surgery of these areas needs extensive surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.
Doctors who do surgery on the uterus due to uterine fibroids or other uterine problems like endometriosis can damage the fallopian tubes or ovaries, especially if the surgery is laparoscopic. The fallopian tube can be nicked and the ovary can be cut, leading to bleeding and scarring—both conditions that will change the way these organs work. If the fallopian tube is considered damaged, it may not allow an egg to pass and it can damage a woman’s fertility. Loss of an ovary can damage a woman’s fertility as well.
The gynaecologist can fail to diagnose and manage properly a woman’s endometriosis, which is a condition in which part of the uterine lining grows outside the bounds of the uterus and sheds blood painfully every time a woman has her period. This is a very painful condition that can be written off as being hysteria or some other menstrual cause of pain and the woman can go a long time without proper treatment and management. Treatment involves removing the endometrial tissue through a laparoscope. This can be done too aggressively, resulting in a perforation of the bladder, intestinal wall, fallopian tube or uterus.
Women needing help in artificial insemination can have problems with gynecological errors. The doctor can perforate the uterus during intrauterine insemination. The doctor can fail in attempts at in vitro fertilization and can fail to produce viable embryos for the woman who has often paid fortunes for vitro fertilisation. The doctor would just be wasting the woman’s money if he or she couldn’t successfully grow the embryos and implant them in the uterus. No procedure is perfect but, clearly some clinics have a better success rate than others.
The gynaecologist can make the mistake of misdiagnosing a uterine polyp and can call it a fibroid rather than a uterine cancer. This can result in the cancer advancing and the “polyp” growing. By the time the cancer is diagnosed, it could be in its later stages so that the treatment needs to be more aggressive and patient death can result.
The gynaecologist can fail to diagnose a woman’s fertility problem. Fertility problems can be due to pituitary problems, including pituitary tumors, other hormonal problems, ovarian failure, fallopian tube blockage or other systemic disease. If not properly diagnosed or treated, the woman can have problems getting pregnant or may be treated with harmful hormonal therapies that don’t work because the treatment is directed at the wrong problem.
Menstrual disorders can be misdiagnosed and poorly treated. If, for example, the woman was having anovulatory cycles and heavy periods, the doctor may not recognize the issue as being anovulatory and may only treat the patient with iron pills. If the patient wants to become pregnant, she will not be properly treated because she needs medications to treat her anovulation before treating anything else.
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A vesicovaginal fistula is a tract or hole between the bladder and the vagina. It allows the involuntary passage of urine from the bladder through the vagina and to the outside. Having a vesicovaginal fistula is very embarrassing and causes some health problems that need fixing. A vesicovaginal fistula is the most common type of urinary tract fistula in women.
The main cause of a vesicovaginal fistula is childbirth. If the child doesn’t fit through the birth canal very well or the pelvis is too small, there can be a necrosis of vaginal tissue and the death of the tissue erodes into the bladder, causing a hole which becomes permanent. The vesicovaginal wall, which is a single wall that connects the bladder to the vagina is very thin and can easily form a deep enough hole to open into the bladder.
A violent rape can cause a vesicovaginal fistula. It is very common in countries where rape is a part of war, such as in the Republic of Congo. Doctors there are very skilled in repairing these types of fistulas as they are common war wounds. In other cases, a hysterectomy or cone biopsy can cause damage to the vaginal wall and a vesicovaginal fistula can occur.
The symptoms of a vesicovaginal fistula include the constant dripping of urine from the vagina. It can be as little as a few drops or as much as a stream. The vulva and vagina become irritated by the constant wetness and there can be redness and pain in the vaginal or vulvar area.
It is usually an injury to vaginal wall that causes a vesicovaginal fistula. A tumor, hysterectomy, radiation or anything else that reduces the blood supply to the vagina can result in a hole in the vagina. The hole can happen anywhere but if it connects to the bladder wall, a vesicovaginal fistula occurs.
Doctors can diagnose a vesicovaginal fistula using a visual examination of the vagina. An irritated hole can be found in the anterior wall of the vagina. Sterile dye or sterile milk can be inserted into the bladder via a catheter so that the dye or milk is looked for in the vaginal vault. Radio-opaque dye can be used to show the passage of dye unto the bladder via a catheter and outside the bladder into the vaginal space. X-rays of the bladder are necessary to see the passage of the dye into the vagina.
The treatment of a vesicovaginal fistula can involve simply treating the irritation and not to take care of the vesicovaginal fistula at all. In other cases, it involves the cutting out of the fistula and repairing the area involved in the fistula. The fistula is often infected with bacteria so antibiotics are used to clear up the infection before the fistula is removed. It is the reason why the fistula can’t just be sealed over as infection prohibits the actual closing of the fistula. The fistula can be repaired via an abdominal or vaginal approach and a new blood supply may need to be introduced in order to make sure the surgery to repair the vesicovaginal fistula actually takes.
Sometimes a vesico-vaginal fistula is treated by giving the individual a urinary catheter. This takes the pressure off the fistula so that the fistula begins to heal on its own. It takes several months of catheter use in order to have significant healing of the vesicovaginal fistula. The catheter can also be used along with surgery in order to take the added pressure of a full bladder on the repaired fistula.