Urogynaecology / Vaginal hysterectomy

Bladder injury

Bladder injury as a result of vaginal hysterectomy

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Lucy had a vaginal hysterectomy with anterior repair in 2011. She was readmitted two weeks later with a pelvic haematoma, and returned to theatre to have this evacuated. After this she developed a Vesico-Vaginal Fistula, requiring three further operations. She alleged that the vaginal hysterectomy and repair was performed negligently. PMS Expert Report concluded that Lucy's problems were the result of recognised complications of surgery. However, it also pointed out that the process of consent was poor for the two initial procedures, so it is unlikely Lucy was warned of these complications. The case was settled.

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