Legal: Was this hysterectomy unnecessary?

May 1, 2008

Was this hysterectomy unnecessary?

A 33-year-old Kentucky woman underwent laparoscopic surgery in 2002. After the surgery she complained to her gynecologist of vaginal bleeding. Three weeks later she had a total hysterectomy.

She then sued the gynecologist, alleging he had made an improper diagnosis and claimed there were less invasive methods to address the vaginal bleeding.

The physician claimed that less invasive methods were unsuccessful, that the patient was properly informed of the risks and consequences of hysterectomy prior to the operation, and that she had consented to the surgery. A defense verdict was returned.