Gynaecology / Hysterectomy

Nerve damage

Damage to nerves during hysterectomy

Success story

Arabella was diagnosed with Stage 1b cervical cancer at the age of 40. She underwent a radical hysterectomy and was subsequently unable to walk due to a bilateral femoral neuropathy. She alleged that this was due to incorrect placement of the abdominal wall retractors, causing pressure and a traction injury to the femoral nerves. PMS Expert Report concluded that there was no negligence in her treatment. Although it is possible that the injury was caused by traction from the retractor blades, this is not a recognised problem of the procedure. Given the extremely rare occurrence of this complication, it was not clear how the problem could have been prevented. As a result, the case was not pursued.

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