Gynaecology / Hysterectomy

Bowel injury

Bowel injury following hysterectomy

Success story

Sally had a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy in November 2009. Three days after the operation, she developed generalised peritonitis and was returned to theatre, where a bowel perforation was identified and repaired. However, she then suffered from sepsis (blood poisoning) and had to be put in the Intensive Care Unit for several weeks, during which time she had two further operations to treat suspected intra-abdominal infection. PMS Expert Report concluded that the care was negligent. Although it is not negligent to injure the bowel during a hysterectomy, it is negligent not to identify the damage. If the doctor had identified the damage before closing the incision, it would have been repaired, and all subsequent problems avoided. The case settled, and Sally received compensation.

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