Urogynaecology / Vaginal hysterectomy

Pelvic abscess

Pelvic abscess following vaginal hysterectomy

Success story

Minnie had a vaginal hysterectomy in April 2010 to prevent her heavy periods. She was readmitted 12 days later with abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and constipation. She was discharged 2 days later following treatment in intravenous antibiotics.12 days later she was readmitted with severe abdominal pain and vomiting, and 4 days later underwent a laparotomy to drain abscesses identified in an ultrasound and CT scan and wash out the abdomen. Minnie is left is an unsightly lower midline scar. PMS Expert Report concluded that although the vaginal hysterectomy was performed correctly, the sepsis should have been managed more effectively upon her first readmission, constituting significant breach of duty. Had the care been of a reasonable standard Minnie would have avoided the subsequent suffering and pain. The case was settled, and Minnie received compensation.

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