Endometriosis Surgery Injury Attorneys
Endometriosis is a common, but serious medical condition in women of child bearing age. It occurs when the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. The lining of the uterus, also referred to as endometrial tissue, is the part of the uterus that sloughs off during a woman’s menstrual cycle. The endometrial tissue that grows outside the uterus acts just like the endometrial tissue growing inside the uterus, but it has no way to exit the body during menstruation.
Consequently it gets lodged inside the woman resulting in extreme cramping and pain, possible infertility, cysts, scar tissue as well other medical complications.
The recurrence rate of endometriosis following surgery is 21.5% at two years after surgery and 40-50% five years after surgery. Administration of a gonadotropin-releasing hormone, GnRH, an agonist is usually effective in 70-90% of patients
Endometriosis has no cure unfortunately. As with many un-curable medical conditions managing symptoms is the focus of treatment. Most women who suffer from endometriosis will start off with pain medications and or hormone therapy. The hormone therapy will ideally slow the growth of the endometrial tissue. Endometriosis surgery is not warranted in many cases. Unless it is causing extreme pain or the growth is not being halted with hormone replacement therapy surgery does not enter into the equation as it is not a permanent fix. And as with practically all surgeries it can pose serious health risks. Removing the ovaries (oophorectomy) and the uterus (hysterectomy) might relieve pain at first, but the pain returns for up to 15% of women who undergo the surgery. Removing these should absolutely a last resort, especially in women who do not already have a child or children.
Endometriosis Surgery Risks & Complications
A laparoscopy is performed during the surgery and is a safe operation for the most part. Any post-surgery complications are minor and resolve quickly.
More serious complications occurring during surgery include uncontrolled bleeding and damage to internal organs such as the bowel, bladder and large blood vessels. Another serious endometriosis surgery complications is the formation of a gas embolus (a gas bubble entering a blood vessel and lodging in the lung). An experienced surgeon should be able to manage these complications.
Post-operation complications may include difficulty voiding, urinating or emptying the bladder, possible wound infection, urinary infection, infection of the uterus and vaginal discharge. If you experience any of these symptoms, please contact your surgeon immediately. You would also do well to connect with our surgical error attorneys handling endometriosis surgery malpractice lawsuits in Delaware and Maryland.
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