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Your guide to urological negligence

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Urology is the  branch of medicine covering the management and treatment of conditions affecting the  bladder, urinary system and the male reproductive organs.

When a patient develops unexpected urological problems after surgery or a urological procedure goes wrong  we know that that patient may face a lifetime of difficulty, embarrassment and disability which will affect them everyday and can impact of their psychological wellbeing.

If you need to know  what has gone wrong and whether your health care professional is to blame, we can help.

At the outset, you may feel  embarrassed about discussing problems  concerning your bladder or prostrate. As specialists in clinical negligence we can put you at your ease because we have investigated and helped many people just like you who are experiencing personal difficulties because the standard of the treatment they received was not what it should have been.

Sympathetic and sensitive understanding

It is, therefore, important to seek a solicitor to act on your behalf who has specialist knowledge of both legal and medical issues together with a sympathetic and sensitive understanding of how everyone involved is affected.

If you or a member of your family have suffered an injury, loss or the deterioration of an existing condition caused by, for example, the removal of a kidney stone or a vasectomy operation, your first step is to seek professional advice.

Our expert team of  solicitors at Your Legal Friend  are specialists in clinical negligence.  We can help you find out  whether  have  been given the standard of treatment you had the right to expect , and obtain financial  compensation for the injury or harm you have suffered.

 A NHS Survey of urology negligence claims -1995 to 2009, found:

  • Incidents not involving surgery - 47 per cent of claims.
  • Incidents occurring after an operation - 34 per cent of claims.
  • Incidents during surgery -  18 per cent of claims.
  • The most common type of claim not involving surgery - failure to diagnose and/or treat cancer.
  • The most common type of claim during an operation - perforation of, or injury to an organ (e.g. bladder, kidney, ureter)

It is not unusual for criticisms of treatment which result in clinical negligence claims to overlap in areas including urology, gynaecology and oncology while mostly involving issues surrounding surgical procedures or the delay in making an accurate diagnosis. 

Procedures where most complications are known to occur:

  • Ureteroscopy/ureteric stenting - when a stent (a soft, hollow, plastic tube) is placed temporarily into the ureter (tube from kidney to bladder) to allow drainage around a stone or to speed up healing after kidney stone surgery.
  • Transurethral resection of the prostate - procedure for males involving the cutting away of a section of an enlarged  prostate gland.
  • Nephrectomy – negligent or unnecessary removal of a kidney.
  • Vasectomy – male sterilisation.
  • Urethral catheterisation - procedure to drain and collect urine from the bladder.

Other common problems / errors:

  • Failure to diagnose and/or manage kidney stones / disease or lack of renal function.
  • Failure to diagnosis and manage bladder, testicular and prostate cancer.
  • Hernia operations leading to fatal testicle damage.
  • Vasectomy errors causing damage to the testicular artery.
  • Failure to diagnose testicular torsion – preventing blood supply.
  • Negligently performed colposuspension – when placing permanent stitches in the bladder neck.
  • Bowel damage following a TVT procedure to treat women with stress incontinence.
  • Perforation during surgery to the ureter.
  • Bladder dysfunction – nerve damage.
  • Urinary retention.
  • Chronic infection resulting in orchidectomy – removal of both testicles.
  • Nerve damage leading to erection problems / sexual dysfunction.
  • Circumcision complications.

How Your Legal Friend can help you...

Complications during surgery, mistakes made in diagnosis or treatments directly involving the , bladder, prostrate and related functions can unexpectedly occur.

Many of the problems can be avoided if delays do not take place or the proper diagnostic and  pre surgical checks are carefully carried out.

As experienced clinical negligence specialists, we know that if you or a member of your family feel you have been let down and not received the necessary standard clinical care  You will want your questions answered.

We are committed to ensuring victims of clinical negligence are able to make their case, obtain these answers and  financial compensation.