Back Pain After Laparoscopic Hysterectomy...

by Cathy
(York, PA)

I had a laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy a month and a half ago. Afterwards I had very bad pain in my lower back. When I went for my follow up I told the doctor about the pain and they ordered an MRI.

The MRI showed a "L5-S1 small left poterolateral disk protrusion" which causes "slight impingement on the left ventral aspect of the thecal sac... slight posterior displacement of the left S1 nerve root and mild facet arthritis." I was also told the pain was due to fibroids on my uterus and cervix.

I'm in pain and don't want to keep taking pain pills. It looks like this is a fairly common problem with others (just go on hystersisters website). The doctor should at least try to prevent this problem or at least tell the patient what to expect. What can I do? Do I have a malpractice case?

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ANSWER for "Back Pain After Laparoscopic Hysterectomy...":

Cathy (York, PA):

According to our research a "slight impingement on the left ventral aspect of the thecal sac... slight posterior displacement of the left S1 nerve root and mild facet arthritis" is not at all related to a hysterectomy. They are entirely separte medical issues. It is true resulting fibroid tissue damage in the uterus is the result of some hysterectomies and can result in pain to the patient.

If you aren't satisfied with your doctor's explanation of the pain and its cause you would be well served to seek the opinion of one or more other doctors.

Whether or not you have a legitimate medical malpractice claim will rely on your ability to connect your pain to the surgery and to show your pain is the direct result of a procedure which was incorrectly done.

All medical malpractice claims should be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney with substantial experience in medical cases. If you continue to believe your pain is due to medical malpractice seek the advice and counsel of an attorney.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

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Herniated disk after hysterectomy
by: Anonymous

I had this similar problem. After my laparoscopic hysterectomy I came out of surgery with horrible back pain. I thought it was from the block I had in my back. But the Dr ordered an MRI and found I had herniated disks between L4-L5 and L5-S1.

I was told by the anesthesiologist that the damage was caused by the surgeon and the positions the body was in during surgery. Finding conflicting reports on if this is malpractice.

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