Improper Surgical Technique May Result In Bladder Or Urethra InjuriesDoctors should look before they cut.
A bladder injury is a recognized complication of cystoscopy, caesarian sections, urethral sling procedures, vaginal surgery, laparoscopy and intraabdominal surgeries. Most of these injuries may be avoided by careful surgical techniques. This may be as simple as looking before cutting. Urethra and bladder injuries may occur as a result of using a catheter. Some of these injuries may occur due to malpractice by surgeons, nurses and other healthcare providers. Malpractice may also occur if proper steps are not taken to correct or minimize a bladder or urethra injury once it has occurred.
Urologists should be consulted once a bladder or urethra injury is suspected. A urologist should be consulted if medical personnel has a difficult time using a catheter. Problems with using a catheter may be an indication of a medical problem that may be worsened by the use or improper selection of a catheter. Patients with spinal cord injuries are at an increased risk of urethra injuries from catheters.
Some injuries may occur without symptoms. Typically, an injury may be diagnosed when a patient has difficulty or an inability to void urine. This may be accompanied by fullness of the bladder that may be felt by the doctor. They may also have lower abdominal or supra-pubic pain. If a patient is able to pass urine this reduces the chances that the patient has suffered a severe bladder or urethral injury. Hematuria or blood in the urine is almost always present with one of these injuries. The abdomen may be distended or appear pushed out.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Patterson Law offer free consultation for those that have suffered serious bladder or urethra injuries due a surgical error.