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A ureteral injury can cause long-term health problems

On Behalf of | May 25, 2016 | Surgical Errors

If you are scheduled for gynecologic surgery, you understand that something has gone wrong. Fortunately, your medical team is confident that they can fix the problem through this type of procedure.

What you aren’t counting on, however, is the fact that you could suffer a ureteral injury. As a serious complication of gynecologic surgery, this is not something you want to face. Even so, it comes about time after time. The seriousness of a ureteral injury runs deep. The end result could be the loss of a kidney, formation of fistulas, and in the most serious cases, death.

With all this in mind, you need to know what you are getting into when you decide on this type of surgery. Even more important is selecting a surgeon who is known for preventing this type of injury.

Since a ureteral injury is so uncommon, any damage during a gynecologic surgery can often be placed on the surgeon. This is a relatively uncommon injury that you should be aware of, but never expect to happen.

There is no denying the fact that there is risk associated with all gynecologic surgery, but that doesn’t mean you should expect to face such an uncommon side effect.

A ureteral injury can lead to a variety of long-term health concerns, none of which you want to deal with. By choosing the right surgeon and knowing the risks, you can reduce the chance of trouble. In the event that you suffer a ureteral injury, make sure you know what happened, who was responsible, and how to get the best treatment.

Source: Medscape, “Ureteral Injury During Gynecologic Surgery,” Sandip P Vasavada, MD, and Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, accessed May 25, 2016