A cut or nicked ureter can have serious, and even life-altering, consequences for the victim. This type of medical malpractice injury routinely occurs during a laparoscopic surgery such as during a hysterectomy. Doctors are trending towards this surgery since it is minimally invasive and has a shorter recovery time. In fact, laparoscopic surgery is often referred to as minimally invasive surgery, or MIS.
In order to conduct a laparoscopic surgery, the doctor uses a laparoscope. There are two kinds to choose from -- a telescopic rod lens that is connected to a video camera and a digital laparoscope where a device is placed at the end of a laparoscope. For both types, the risk of nicking or perforating a ureter is a concern for the patient. If a doctor is not careful, he or she can easily nick the ureter and not even notice the injury.
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If your ureter is cut during a surgery, the results can be devastating. And you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is the true story of a woman who suffered a cut ureter injury during a laparoscopic surgery. She shared her experience on SteadyHealth.com:
I had vaginal laparoscopic hysterectomy ... during which the doctor cut my right ureter tube. I was supposed to be in the hospital only one night and go home the next day, but due to the ureter cut, I had to stay for four days and I was in horrendous pain. I was finally sent home with a catheter bag, drain bag, and stent. On Christmas day, I had to return to the hospital with horrible pain, so bad I couldn’t even walk. I was in the hospital for five days due to the fact that the doctors could not find out what was wrong. I was diagnosed with e-coli and other infections due to the cut ureter. I had to return to the hospital two more times, each for replacing the stents that did not work to correct the problem. I had to go back another time due to extreme pain. ... Tthis whole ordeal cost me my job and I am now facing thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Unfortunately, stories like this in which a patient suffers a cut ureter and does nt find out what happened until struck with excruciating stomach pain are quite common. If the injury is not treated quickly, it can cause permanent damage to the body.
If you or a loved one suffered a cut ureter, consider consulting with a medical malpractice lawyer in Virginia (VA) to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice claim in order to recover damages to help pay your medical expenses and to compensate you for the extreme pain and suffering associated with a cut ureter injury.
To learn more about cut ureter injuries, take a look at this free consume report discussing the top 5 surgical errors, which was written by an experienced medical negligence attorney in Virginia.