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Post-surgery hot flashes misdiagnosed

Boston residents considering surgical efforts to improve fertility may be interested in the case of a Nebraska woman who experienced significant side effects after her surgery. The case of surgeon malpractice wasn't discovered until the woman had a total hysterectomy two years after her initial six-hour surgery. At that time, a surgical glove was discovered in her abdominal cavity. The glove was full of clear fluid, tied in a knot and surrounded by the woman's tissue.

After the initial surgery in 2011, the woman experienced night sweats, hot flashes, bloating and abdominal pain. A radiologist noted the appearance of what seemed to be an ovarian cyst, and a different doctor suggested that the woman make an appointment with an oncologist. Various intrusive procedures to diagnose the issue were performed without remedy. The final step, a hysterectomy, led to the discovery of the surgical errors that were made years earlier.

The woman and her husband have filed a professional negligence suit against her doctors. Additional factors included in the suit are failure of the doctors to indicate the unlikely success of the initial surgery and damage to family relationships. In addition to the impact on the couple's personal relationship, the total hysterectomy has eliminated their opportunity to have their own biological children. Various stresses suffered by the husband because of the injuries to his wife are also cited in the case.

While treatments and surgeries for fertility may not provide the assurance of a successful pregnancy, surgical errors such as the missed glove in this couple's case can lead to a great deal of physical and emotional pain and suffering. It may be important to work with a medical malpractice attorney in order to create a clear timeline of adverse treatments, incorrect diagnoses and surgical missteps leading to the suffering experienced by a patient.

Source: ABC News, "Medical Mystery: What Caused Woman's Early Hot Flashes After Surgery?", Sydney Lupkin, January 03, 2014

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