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    Bladder perforation during hysterectomy

    A Michigan woman in her 30s underwent a hysterectomy performed by her gynecologist. During the procedure, the patient’s bladder was perforated and the gynecologist attempted to repair the bladder. Eventually, a urologist was called to complete the repair, which required downsizing the bladder.

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    The patient experienced infections and scar tissue in the bladder from the repair, and had other problems from the small bladder. She underwent an additional operation to alleviate the scarring, and it was noted that the ureter had been transplanted during the hysterectomy and original repair surgery.

    The patient sued the gynecologist and urologist and claimed they improperly repaired the bladder, failed to inspect the area before closing, and allowed a fistula to form because of the improper repair.

    The physicians maintained that no fistula developed, no care was below the standard, and that the perforation was recognized and repaired in a timely manner. A defense verdict was returned.

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    Dawn Collins, JD
    MS COLLINS is an attorney specializing in medical malpractice in Long Beach, California. She welcomes feedback on this column via ...

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