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    Bowel perforation following salpingectomy


    Negligent removal of vaginal packing alleged


    A KENTUCKY WOMAN was 41 years old when she underwent a hysterectomy performed by her gynecologist in 2010. Eight hours after the operation, when a nurse removed the vaginal packing, some bleeding was noted and the incision was found to be disrupted. The patient was returned to the operating room for resuturing of a small area of the incision. The woman sued those involved with the initial operation and alleged negligence in aggressively removing too much packing too soon after the surgery.

    The hospital claimed that bleeding is a known postoperative complication and that the second procedure was very minor and required just a few sutures.

    The verdict

    A defense verdict was returned.

    Bowel perforation follows hysterectomy


    IN 2008, A SOUTH CAROLINA WOMAN underwent a laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, which was performed by a gynecologist. The patient was discharged home the following day. Two days after discharge she went to an emergency department in acute distress. A bowel perforation was diagnosed and a second operation was performed to repair her colon. She made a full recovery following this surgery.

    The woman sued, alleging negligence by her doctor in failing to properly examine and evaluate her after surgery. She also alleged negligence in the failure to explain the signs of a possible perforation to her before discharge.

    The physician denied any negligence and maintained that the patient’s postsurgical course was normal when she was discharged and that a bowel perforation was a known complication of the procedure. He maintained that the patient had been informed of all of the signs and symptoms of a bowel perforation and had been instructed to call him or return to the hospital if she had any symptoms.

    The verdict

    A defense verdict was returned.


    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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