Vesicovaginal Fistula Compensation Claims

If you have developed a vesicovaginal fistula after surgery, or you previously suffered from the condition and underwent surgery to correct it and believe the poor outcome was caused by a medical professional's negligence, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. The clinical negligence team at JMW has helped many women in this position, who have unnecessarily suffered both the physical and psychological consequences of such an injury.

At JMW, we understand the sensitive nature of injuries such as this. That is why we always take a sympathetic, professional approach to helping you access the financial help to which you are entitled. To speak to a member of our team today, simply call us on 0800 054 6512 or allow us to give you a call back by completing our online enquiry form.

Hysterectomy Negligence

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure carried out to remove a woman's uterus, commonly referred to as the womb. Due to the complex and sensitive nature of the operation, the risks involved are high, and vesicovaginal fistula is one such risk.

During a hysterectomy, vesicovaginal fistula can occur for a number of reasons. One example is suture tissue necrosis, which can occur if a surgeon fails to act with the required skill and attention when suturing the wound that has been left between the vaginal wall and the back of the bladder following the removal of the uterus.

A diathermy burn to the bladder can happen if a diathermy, which is a tool used to seal blood vessels using heat conducted by electricity, is not handled with care and can result in the tissue of the bladder breaking down, leading to a fistula. Other causes of a fistula during a hysterectomy include the failure to recognise and treat any accidental nicks of the bladder during the operation, and the breakdown of a repair to a seemingly successful bladder repair at a later date.

Vesicovaginal Fistula Explained

An abnormal connection (fistula) between the bladder and the vagina can sometimes occur following hysterectomy or other lower abdominal surgery and is known as a vesicovaginal fistula. This is most commonly caused by accidental perforation of the bladder with a suture, but can also sometimes occur when a small haematoma (collection of blood) develops in the tight space between the base of the bladder and the top of the vagina, resulting in infection and subsequent tissue damage. In the latter, urinary leakage will not become apparent until about five to ten days following surgery.  

Causes of Injury

The ureters are two thick, muscular tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Ureteric damage, resulting in a urine leak or obstruction, most commonly occurs at the time of surgery due to accidental cutting, misplacement of a suture (through or around the ureter) or by diathermy.

However, it can also happen ten days or more after surgery if the ureter is deprived of a sufficient blood supply, resulting in tissue necrosis. Obstruction of the ureter should be suspected if the patient complains of loin pain (caused by back pressure to the kidney) in the immediate post-op period.

Why Choose JMW?

JMW offers free initial advice on making claims. If you believe that you or any member of your family may be entitled to compensation, let us know and we will investigate your case. We will deal with your enquiry without any initial cost or obligation.

Our solicitors take a proactive and professional approach to all cases. We know that some subjects may be difficult to discuss, but we are approachable and understanding and will do all we can to make you feel comfortable as we guide you through the entire process, from beginning to end.

The clinical negligence team at JMW has secured significant payouts for various clients and the team is highly regarded throughout the UK. Our team includes both members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors panel and the Law Society's specialist panel for clinical negligence.

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