Gynaecology / Hysterectomy
Incisional hernia as a result of hysterectomy
Thea was found to have a large ovarian cyst and underwent laparotomy, hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo oophrorectomy in 2011. She developed an incisional hernia which was repaired in 2012. She then developed generalised peritonitis and underwent laparotomy and small bowel resection a few days later. This operation resulted in a wound infection that took four months to heal. PMS Expert Report concluded that a small bowel injury occurred at the time of incisional hernia repair. The subsequent problems were a direct cause of this negligent practice, which required a further laparotomy and therefore increased the risk of wound infection. The case settled, and Thea was compensated.
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