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A hysterectomy can lead to unexpected side effects


Many Pittsburgh women have had a hysterectomy. The surgery is one of the most popular among women and helps to treat fibroids, uterine prolapse and endometriosis among other conditions. Even though a hysterectomy is a popular surgery a surgery error can still occur that causes unexpected side effects.

During a hysterectomy the women's uterus is removed. There are many medical reasons why this can be a beneficial surgery for women. Generally, it is performed after other less-invasive treatments have been tried and haven't worked, but for some women a hysterectomy is an unnecessary surgery. A large percentage of women haven't been offered alternative treatments prior to having a hysterectomy.

A hysterectomy is a major surgery that should be approached with knowledge and caution. There are many errors that can occur during the surgery. A surgeon mistake can result in a worsened condition or even death. Surgical errors that can occur during a hysterectomy can include bladder or colon perforation, serious infections, blood clots, pain, organ damage and urinary tract damage. Anesthesia errors can also occur that can be life-threatening.

Although a hysterectomy is a common surgery with more than one third of all women undergoing the process there can be serious complications. If a women believes a surgical error occurred during their hysterectomy they may want to consult with a legal professional skilled in medical malpractice. An attorney can review the medical records and try and determine what happened and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for unexpected medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

Source: Cleveland Clinic, "What you need to know about hysterectomy," accessed on April 21, 2015

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