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Treatment for medical problems is supposed to improve the patient's condition and reduce her pain. But what happens when the treatment makes the issue worse, or creates a whole new medical problem? That's the reality some women face when they are diagnosed with ovarian remnant syndrome after surgery. For many women, the only recourse they have is a medical malpractice case that can help them get compensation for their financial and emotional losses after surgery. The following is a look at how ovarian remnant syndrome can devastate a woman's life and what she can do about it.
What Is Ovarian Remnant Syndrome?
Ovarian remnant syndrome may occur when small pieces of ovarian tissue are accidentally left in the pelvic area after an oophorectomy, which is surgery to remove one or both ovaries. This results in the ovarian remnants implanting in other areas of the abdomen, including the bladder or bowels. This can lead to intense pelvic pain, hemorrhage, cysts and more.
In most cases, patients must undergo another surgery to fix ovarian remnant syndrome, as hormone therapy isn't typically sufficient to correct it. Considering that any surgery carries risks--as well as a recovery period--patients who have ovarian remnant syndrome as a result of medical malpractice should look into their legal options once treatment is finished.
Common Causes of Ovarian Remnant Syndrome
Ovarian remnant syndrome is a rare condition, so it's not an expected outcome after an oophorectomy. There are a few reasons that it might occur. One is pelvic adhesions, which can make it hard for the surgeon to tell the ovary apart from surrounding tissues. Another possible cause is bleeding during surgery.
However, among the most common reasons for ovarian remnant syndrome is poor surgical technique during the oophorectomy. This might mean the surgeon failed to make sure he or she could see the entire ovary before removing it. It could also mean the incision site was a poor choice. Either way, ovarian remnant syndrome is often a sign that the surgeon did not provide adequate medical care, and he or she should face a medical malpractice lawsuit as a result.
How to Begin a Medical Malpractice Injury Case for Ovarian Remnant Syndrome
Any woman suffering from ovarian remnant syndrome should consider a few facts to determine if she has a case, as there are certain criteria she needs to meet. First, she needs to determine if there was a clear violation of standard of care, which means the surgeon did not provide the level of care that patients should expect from medical professionals. Basically, if the surgeon did not notice that parts of the ovary were left in the pelvic area, he or she may have been negligent, which is a violation of the standard of care.
The next question is whether the negligence caused the injury to the patient. This means the patient must be able to show that the ovarian remnant syndrome was caused by the doctor's negligence, not by factors outside the doctor's control, such as pelvic adhesions.
Finally, the patient must decide if the injury is significant enough to pursue legal action. After all, even strong cases can take months or years to resolve, which means there is a time commitment involved--in addition to legal fees. If a patient is in great pain and had to spend money on another surgery to fix the ovarian remnant syndrome--or if her future earnings may be affected by this condition--the case might be worth it. But if the pain was mild or was resolved with a short, affordable treatment option, a medical malpractice case for ovarian remnant syndrome might not be worth her time or money.
Any woman who is trying to decide if a medical malpractice case is the right choice for her should talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. But first, she should make sure the lawyer she chooses is experienced in medical malpractice cases, which is why women in Maryland should contact Weltchek, Mallahan & Weltchek for a free case evaluation today.