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Medical Verdicts

Myomectomy leads to removal of uterus

August 2002 · Vol. 14, No. 8

<court>Fulton County (Ga) Superior Court</court>

Following a diagnosis of uterine fibroids, a 35-year-old woman presented to her Ob/Gyn for a laparoscopic myomectomy. During the procedure, the physician encountered uncontrollable bleeding. In an effort to stop the hemorrhaging, she decided to perform a hysterectomy.

In suing, the woman claimed that the physician was unqualified to perform the laparoscopic myomectomy and fraudulently represented her credentials. She added that the Ob/Gyn did not perform the procedure properly, which led her to switch to a hysterectomy.

The physician contended that she was indeed qualified to conduct a laparoscopic myomectomy and that she did perform it properly. In addition, the doctor claimed she informed the patient of the potential risks of the technique, including bleeding.

  • The jury returned a verdict for the defense.

The cases presented here were compiled by Lewis L. Laska, editor of Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts. While there are instances when the available information is incomplete, these cases represent the types of clinical situations that typically result in litigation.

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