Gynaecology has consistently, over years, given rise to more claims handled by the firm, than any other area of medicine, although the reasons for this are unclear.
Hysterectomy: is a very commonly performed, yet major form of surgery, with very real risks of serious complication. Despite this and the growth of alternate often effective, non-invasive forms of treatment for menstrual disorders, hysterectomies continue to be performed. We have seen many cases in which complications (sometimes life threatening) have followed such surgery and yet the indications for such surgery were unclear and poor advice, at best, about the risks of the surgery (and alternatives) was provided to the patient before they underwent hysterectomy.
Incontinence Surgery: Similarly incontinence surgery has given rise to a large number of claims. In some cases such surgery has lead to severe enduring complications with little relief from the incontinence symptoms which were the reason for surgery in the first place.
We have handled a variety of cases concerning failed sterilisation procedures including failed vasectomy and tubal ligation. We have recently handling a series of cases relating to the contraceptive Implanon’s implantation, where the device was either not implanted and or where it was implanted but then irretreivable.
Some of the cases we have handled (and are handling)
- Failure to warn of risks associated with hysterectomy and advice re alternate treatment options
- Failure to advise hysterectomy patient of option/ appropriateness of ovarian removal/conservation
- Negligent implantation of Implanon device
- Negligent performance of tubal ligation
- Negligent application of Filshe clips as a means of sterilisation
- Failure to advise on the risks associated with a particular type of incontinence surgery
- Failure to refer patient to specialist gynaecologist for treatment of fibroids
- Unnecessary removal of ovaries
- Failure of penile prosthesis
- Damage to uterine artery during surgery, resulting in hysterectomy
- Failure to warn of risks of laparoscopic sterilisation given previous history of abdominal surgery
- Femoral nerve injury due to prolonged lithotomy position during gynae surgery (several)