Gynaecology / Hysterectomy

Ovarian remnant

Ovarian remnant following hysterectomy

Success story

Ruby planned to have a total abdominal hysterectomy in 2009, but because of adhesions, only a myomectomy and bilateral salpingo oophorectomy were performed. Ruby continued to get regular periods and severe pelvic pain. An ovarian remnant was identified. In 2010 she underwent a hysterectomy and the ovarian remnant was removed. She alleged that there was a breach of duty in failing to remove both ovaries completely, and that the doctor performing the initial hysterectomy should have sought the help of a more experienced consultant. PMS Expert Report concluded that the bilateral salpingo oophorectomy was indeed performed negligently, resulting in heavy bleeding and severe pain. The case settled, and Ruby received compensation.

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