Gynaecology / Oophorectomy

Haemorrhage

Haemorrhage as a result of oophorectomy

Success story

Jill underwent laparotomy and left ovary removal in April 2011. The procedure was very difficult due to adhesions and complicated by bleeding on the right pelvic side wall. Jill was then transferred to the intensive care unit and returned to theatre the following day, where is was discovered that she was still bleeding internally. The post-operative period involved staying at total of 3 hospitals over 11 weeks. To this day, Jill continues to have problems including right foot drop and urinal and faecal incontinence. PMS Expert Report considered the haemorrhage to be a rare but serious complication of the operation, and that the surgeon acted reasonably throughout. The case was not pursued.

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