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I too had a bladder injury from my hysterectomy. I had my hysterectomy in ocotober of 2004 and I am still dealing with residual effects from the bladder injury. Mine went undetected for 4 months. I had constant drainage (going through a minimum of 28 sanitary napkins a day). This is very discouraging and unless you have been through it (thank god I have found I am not the only one) you would never understand how frustrating it is.
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replied July 29th, 2006
Re: Bladder Injury During Hysterectomy
jgee wrote:
i too had a bladder injury from my hysterectomy. I had my hysterectomy in ocotober of 2004 and I am still dealing with residual effects from the bladder injury. Mine went undetected for 4 months. I had constant drainage (going through a minimum of 28 sanitary napkins a day). This is very discouraging and unless you have been through it (thank god I have found I am not the only one) you would never understand how frustrating it is.


i too had a bladder injury from my hystorectomy. I had my surgery in 2001 and still having problems my bladders was attached to my bowel and had surgery but somehow it still is and constantly have bladder infections. I am so discouraged.
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replied January 1st, 2012
Bladder Damage from Hysterectomy
My sister had a hysterectomy. They put her in ICU for recovery and her blood pressure was running kind of low. Her BP dropped and she coded in ICU, they got her going again, and got her back to the ER where she coded again. They revived her again, opened her up to find all kinds of urine and blood. Dr that did the surgery said she had a bladder injury during surgery. Could not tell us how the bladder tore again. She was tranferred to a hospital that could treat this. She is on life support, now on dialysis, and has not woken up. I don't know where to even begin to try and go after this Dr. They are doing an MRI tomorrow to see if there are any signs of brain damage.
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replied September 17th, 2013
Sorry to hear this bad news, how old is your sister and is she better.
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replied September 17th, 2013
Sorry to hear this bad news, how old is your sister and is she better.
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replied June 15th, 2010
I had a hysterectomy in 2008--my bladder ripped during surgery. My family and I were told, "Oh it happens a lot".
There 'just happen to be' a Urologist in the hospital the day that this happened. Thankfully, he was able to repair the tear, BUT, he told me it was very 'iffy' for several minutes on if he could repair it or not. I have had problems with bladder infections and spasms since all of this happened. I complained to the hospital, and the Oklahoma Medical Board and I was told that there was nothing they could see that was done wrong when they investigated it. Thats crap!! I've had too many other ppl tell me they've had similar or other problems with this same Dr. Whats even worse, he's suppose to be an upstanding Christian doctor!
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replied November 8th, 2011
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Why would it matter if he's an 'upstanding Christian Dr?" Wouldn't it be best to have a qualified physician....not mater what his religious beliefs are? Being a Christian doesn't make you good at something.
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replied July 13th, 2010
bladder injury during hysterectomy
I had a hysterectomy this past May. They cut my bladder and did the repair during the surgery. I had one infection which was cleared up but continue to feel like I have to urinate all the time and it is uncomfortable. Other then treatment for the infection, did the doctors do any scans or other diagnostic treatment?
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replied July 13th, 2010
Bladder injury during hysterectomy
I have had a IVP done--X-ray of my bladder..was tld that all looked good BUT I've had more problems with infections and pain--pains on the left side--and pains that are as bad as contractions. I know it's bladder spasms. I griped I complained and I was told nothing the dr did was his fault. I beg to differ. I have to be careful--if I sneeze I have to try not to wet myself. Sucks..I'm 38 and I feel like I'm 60! I was also Dxd with fibromyalgia after all that trauma so my pain levels of any kind are three times as bad.
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replied July 13th, 2010
I guess I am lucky, I just feel like I have to urinate all the time and my urine smells stronger although I drink a lot of water and always have. I am set to start my radiation treatments next week and one of the side effects is - you guessed it - frequency of urination.
I am 57 and can't image going through this at your age.
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replied July 27th, 2010
neurogenic bladder
I had a hysterectomy in 2008 when the doctors damaged my nerves to the bladder. Two years later I still have no feelings in the bladder. I can not pee on my own. I can not even push out a drop if I try. I have a superpubic tube implanted through a hole they created through the front of my pelvic area. I empty the bladder through this tube by the clock like a baby. The tube need to be changed monthly. I am only 40 and I feel very ashamed of this tube and feel very ugly and unsexy. I can not wear tight pants. The doctors told me nothing, no answers, not even a "sorry". I will have to live with a tube for the rest of my life.
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replied January 3rd, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your heartache. I would seriously write a letter to the doctor stating how this has changed your life physically and emotionally. Believe it or not many doctors will read these letters. It's never too late for anyone to say sorry. Take care my friend.
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replied January 3rd, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about your heartache. I would seriously write a letter to the doctor stating how this has changed your life physically and emotionally. Believe it or not many doctors will read these letters. It's never too late for anyone to say sorry. Take care my friend.
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replied August 30th, 2013
OMG. Bless you. I could not imagine what you are going through. I have had 4 bladder surgeries between 2000-2001 and I am still not recovered from it. Now I have multiple hernias with a large amount of my intestines in one of the hernias. I have a massive amount of scar tissue from all of the bladder surgeries. The surgeon said I was too high of a risk for more damage to operate in fear he may cut my intestines. I just don't know where to go from here. I am sorry you are going through this. I understand about being embarrassed and not feeling sexy, I am the same way. I never let my husband even see the horrible scars. It has taken away a lot from us. I just Thank God that he loves me for who I am. Prayers for you sweet lady.
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replied August 8th, 2010
32 years old and still sick from my hysterectomy
I am 32 and had my hysterectomy 2 years ago. Something went terribly wrong during surgery but still am not sure what. I have thought about hiring an attorney just to help me get to the bottom or it. My Husband and Sister were told after surgery it went good but I lost alot of blood and would be watched carefully to see if I need a transfusion. That night when the pain IV stopped they couldn't keep me still. They usually have to force you to walk but I paced for hours straight with a horrible feeling of having to pee with no luck. The nurses kept telling me I was fine. Well I went home and went into ER 4 nights later with blood clots in my lungs and lucky to have survived them. It didn't stop there. I developed more blood clots 3 weeks later which is not common after surgery. No inside organ should produce bleeding after that amount of time, many Doctors have stated. I have had over 20 infections and a bad one right now that I see the urologist for tomorrow. I was in ER this weekend with some horrible pain in my vagina that feels like I am again giving birth. Doctor in ER believes my bladder has feel into the top of the vagina. I am not the same person. I am very angry that this isn't over yet! I have 2 young Children that I am so in fear of leaving without a Mother. I should start counseling. The fact of all the blood clots and the fear of dying for 2 years now has taken it's toll on me. I have a filter in my chest to stop any new clots and am on coumadin. My sides and lower tummy always hurt. I always feel like I have to urinate. The source of the bleeding has still never been found. So I am terrified all the time of what is wrong and the filter should've been out already other than I am too afraid to get it out. We filed bankruptcy for medical bills when we were buying the adult foster care we live in. My whole life is altered because some Doctor felt the need to not tell us what went wrong. I feel she should've told me and my Family what went wrong and I should've been put a blood thinner to prevent blood clots right away. Something felt wrong the day after surgery and still does, like something is blocking the pee from coming out. I can hear it start but then comes out a min later. It isn't about the money but is more about knowing what happened that day in surgery. While I was in hosptial one of the many times for the clots, she sent us to collections for my bill with her. I called and explained that the lovonox shots I was on were hundreds of dollars and we had no money and she couldn't wait. It's all so irritating and sorry to carry on but once I started writing all of these emotions are coming. While the clots started, they didn't know if I would make it or not. My Husband and I would sit and cry about what would happen and what I wanted if I didn't make it for our kids. Noone should have to go through that just because a Doctor is too proud to state to the nurses or family what went wrong. Had she told everyone, I believe I could've been watched much more closely and measures could've been taken to prevent all of this. My life has been a disaster from that day. I went through a bad depression where I felt bad for everyone for me always being sick and using all of my Family's money on my medicine. We had life insurance and I decided I should stop taking my blood thinners and go since I probably would anyway and atleast they would have it easier. Thankfully I never followed through with the craziness but what illness and not knowing does to a person is horrible. I am bitter and think Doctors need to tell the truth and at this point I believe someone needs to pay for the mistake.
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replied January 3rd, 2012
How awful to live with all this on your plate day after day!! I am so sorry for all the loss you have gone through with this. Have you tried getting the report on your surgery? They are rightly yours to have. Most of the time you can get it from your doctor, but if for some reason it isn't in your chart (which by law I would think needs to be)then you can always go to medical records at the hospital that you had the surgery at, and request a copy. Doctors have to document all that went on during your surgery. Hopefully this will give you more insight to what really happened.

Maybe also write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper, along with going to the state medical board asking them what further things you can do to find out what had been done, and how this can be resolved.

Take care and keeping you in my prayers,
Sedja
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replied August 30th, 2013
I got my hospital records, My problem is, I had my OBGYN mess me up and left me untreated for 8 weeks, then after he sent me to a surgeon I had 3 more bladder surgeries with the surgeon neglecting to take out a superpubic tube that would not come out without surgery. The surgery resulted to almost a month hospital stay and 3 months of home health care. I am still not right. Now I have multiple hernias with a large amount of my intestines in it. I am told they can not operate. I ordered records, which I got, But BOTH of the doctors records from office visits were missing the time period of neglecting to take my superpubic tube out. I know they were covering each other. I am still upset, My quality of like is next to none now. I feel like a ticking time bomb and they got away with it. I am thinking seriously about a malpractice attorney. the hospital records are there, why is there not records in the doctors office?
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replied August 10th, 2010
Yikes! my sister just got an injury to the bladder from a hysterectomy. two hour surgery lasted 8 and we still don't know what went wrong. I think there is a video tape of the whole thing and I am going to seek one of these law firms that deal with surgical injury to get a specialist to look at the video and determine if there is a case. Sure there is a risk during surgery and many turn out ok. but for those who got hurt, I believe you all have the right to know what went wrong. I'm curious, did any of you have interns/medical students watching the surgery? I think students in the room are a distraction and it becomes a show and tell surgery for the students and the patient is neglected. I had a breast surgery and 8 students were in the room and the doctor did a proceedure I didn't agree to. I didn't want 8 students, one maybe but not 8. I will never allow a student in my OR again! There were a half a dozen students watching my sister and I think the doctor lost focus to teach rather than focus on the operation.
anyway, I am going to make sure my sister goes to a Urologist whom is not associated with the same state or hospital.
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replied August 14th, 2010
Bladder Cut During Hysterectomy
I had a hysterectomy on July 27 (LAVH) and the doctor cut my bladder during the operation. What should have been a 2 hour ordeal, became a 6.5 hour surgery. I awoke to receive the news of the bladder mishap, but also that I would be going home with a foley catheter in place for a minimum of 7 days. I was visited by a Urologist who happened to come into the operating room to witness the repair that had already been made by my OB surgeon prior to the Urologist getting into the operating room. 8 days after surgery I went into radiology for a cystogram where they put a contrast agent through the catheter (acts sort of like a dye). They were able then to x-ray the bladder and check for leaks. It appeared that the repair was solid and the catheter was removed, allowing me now to urinate as normal. However, I DO NOT have the sensation of needing to urinate as I did in the past and my bladder does not seem to fully empty any longer. Things just feel different. I am hoping it will rectify itself as I continue to recover...it has been just under 3 weeks. I hope this lends some input to others who are undergoing the same situation.
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replied September 27th, 2011
Sounds exactly like my procedure, I am having the same symptoms. I am now 5 weeks post op today and now I feel like I have to urinate constantly. I do not have a UTI just the urge like I have one plus bladder spasms. I am going back to Doctor Oct 4th we will see what he says. He always looks at me dumbfounded when I complain.
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replied September 27th, 2011
Sounds exactly like my procedure, I am having the same symptoms. I am now 5 weeks post op today and now I feel like I have to urinate constantly. I do not have a UTI just the urge like I have one plus bladder spasms. I am going back to Doctor Oct 4th we will see what he says. He always looks at me dumbfounded when I complain.
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replied September 9th, 2010
Nielson01- Have you been to a urologist? I had a radical hyst. due to cervical cancer in Feb 2010 and for months could not empty my bladder, I would strain to pee and finally I looked 4 months pregnant bc my stomach was swollen. Went to my gyn/oncologist and he did a CT scan, showed enlarged bladder. Put me on bethanacol which helped but I was still having post-void residuals. Finally in June my family doc sent me to a urologist who had me start self-catherizing to try to retrain my bladder. It's a little better now, but still I have residuals anywhere from 100-500ml post void. My urine flow is weak at best. I am having a urodynamics test in 2 weeks. Do not let this go on too long I would recommend a gyno-urologist ASAP if I was just starting out. Good luck!
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replied January 18th, 2011
Neilson01....my situation is almost IDENTICAL to yours except somehow my catheter tube was accidentally stitched inside my bladder when the urologist that was called in did the repair! That caused a 2nd surgery (outpatient, luckily). I am now 3 wks post op and I do not think I'll ever feel normal again. I am so depressed.
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replied January 29th, 2011
i had a hyst in oct 2010 it has been down hill from there. I have no sensation to urinate i use achs and pain as a sign. Had to have a ureteral stent put in they said there was a fistula. After that had such severe pain was told by the doctors that it is normal my kidney has to get used to the stent....when i got a fever i took myself to the er just to find out through a ct scan that the stent lodged down. They had to reinsert the stent. I am told that the sensation to urinate will come back but nobody wants to tell me how i lost it. I keep being told to retrain my bladder to go every two hours. I am going to be 50 and my bladder was trained when i was 3. do yourself a favor and listen to what your body says not the doctor, sometimes all they can do is guess.
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replied March 3rd, 2011
bladder injury/hysterectomy
I am 38 and just had surgery for a hysterctomy, and like you, woke up after a 6 hour surgery instead of a 2 hour due to bladder injury. I have had a foley catheter in for a week now, with one more week to go befor they check my bladder to see if the repair worked. My biggest concern is that when the catheter is out, I will have the constant sensation of needing to urinate like I do now. My urologist told me this will not be a lifelong issue for me and that everything should be back to normal if the bladder contrast procedure shows no leaks. This was a surgery I was looking forward to in order to solve some problems, but it now looks like others may have replaced the ones I got rid of. How can you not be angry that this happened and asking why??
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replied April 14th, 2011
My heart goes out to you. I had the same identical scenario & I'm still waiting to go back to "normal." My surgery was Dec. 6, 2010 & I still can't control my urine. I went to Physical Therapy for a while but quit that. Tried oxybutyin but my mouth was so dry I couldn't talk. I'm almost ready to go to a lawyer because my significant other says it's a turnoff for him to be pee'd on when he tries to have sex with me. I am 61 but a very young 61 & feel I'll never have another romatic relationship again. Wish I'd never had the surgery. The menstrual pads were a lot cheaper than the incontinence pads!
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replied July 10th, 2011
On Second Thought
I'm a young 57-year-old who had a total abdominal hysterectomy over a week ago. I was already in menopause, but was having issues with abnormal bleeding for a while, and I do have a history of cancer. During the surgery the GYN doctor I've known for over 10 years punctured my bladder. I lost a lot of blood, my blood pressure sank, and it took them almost two hours to wake me up after the surgery. I went home with a foley catheter for one week. The night the catheter was removed I started suffering from Urge Incontinence. Twice that night I woke up soaked - clothes, sheets, floor, legs....you name it. I now have to wear Depends when I go to sleep at night. I'm depressed and my whole life has been turned upside down. I wish I had never had the hysterectomy. I have an appointment to see my Urologist for a Cystoscope next week. Does the bladder EVER heal from an injury????
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replied September 18th, 2011
Yes the bladder does heal. In 2000, age 45, my bladder was nicked during a hysterectomy. Six months later I had bladder cancer. I have had 3 cancerous cysts removed from my bladder over the next 5 years. Now Sept. 2011 it has been 6 years all clear. My Doctor said if you get cancer this is the one you want. Catch it early, contained in the bladder, etc. I did the catherer, inbladder infurion treatments, etc. The bladder does heal, keep positive, eat healthy, drink lots of water. I was so happy to have the hysterectomy to put an end to being miserable. Then I was handed a whole new set of serious issues. Be careful what you wish for. Look for alternatives, search for the best, most experienced doctor, and good hospital. Take vitamins A, E n C. Today I am 56 n living strong.
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replied October 11th, 2012
What happened?
did you sue the hospital or doctor for nicking your bladder and then you developed cancer?Wow what an inconvenience of your life after this.
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replied September 18th, 2011
Thank you, HoHan. I'm happy you are doing well (but jealous!) Smile After a hundred tests, 4 UTI's, 1 kidney infection, 2 hospitalizations and two months of having the foley catheter in (I had my hyst on July 1st), my urologist finally removed the foley cath 1 week ago, and so far so good during the day. I have more of an issue at night because I'm a deep sleeper and by the time I wake up my bladder is full and so when I get up to go to the bathroom, I sometimes leak in my pants, so I have to wear a large pad during the night for protection. It's easier to get around during the day because I can make myself go to the bathroom. Anyway, I'm a 3-time cancer survivor and had a hyst because I'd been in menopause for 3 years but was having dysfunctional bleeding. If I had found this site before my surgery, I would have NEVER had the hysterectomy. I recommend to EVERY WOMAN to get a second, third, fourth, fifth, or however many opinions it takes and find other options if available before having a hyst. A hyst should be the last resort, no matter hold old you are! That's my humble opinion -- from someone that has been through Hell for almost 3 months!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless!
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replied December 15th, 2011
Bladder injury from hysterectomy
In May 2011 I had a hysterectomy. The surgeon told me and my fiance that she cut my bladder but that she didnt repair it because it should heal itself. Shortley after I had urine leaking out my vagina. I had to wear a diaper and change it up to 10-15 times a day. I went to a urologist at a different hospital. I had to have another surgery where this surgeon found 3 wholes that were not repaired. Thanks to him I have no bladder problems at all now. I am completely back to normal. I have contacted a lawyer. There isn't malpractice but I do have a case for a personal injury lawsuite. All of you should think about contacting a personal injury lawyer and stick it to those Doctors that have changed your lives for the worse!
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replied April 23rd, 2012
upset and confused why cant I pee after my hystorectomy
I am 9 weeks post op. I woke up from my hysto with my cath still in and 3 nurses messing with it because it was not working. My ob had them take it out and yet it took another 8hrs before I was able to void my bladder. I am still dealing with this problem. I have gone back to my doctor almost weekly explaining that I am unable to void. I went 19 hours with out voiding and wound up in the ER where they said it was an infection. Put me on antibiotics and told me to see my ob in 3 days. I followed up with my ob who said he did not agree with the ER and took me off the antibiotics. At my 6 week postop check I was still having this problem and he said it could not be from surgery and said I needed to see a urologist. He also said he was releasing me from his care. I am 27 years old and was told today that my bladder nerves are permently damaged. I was told that a normal bladder hold about 22 cc after voiding and that mine is holding about 110 cc. My surgery took 4 and a half hours, but me were told that all went well and that the only problem was a small nic to my intestine. The bladder problem has not been the only problem. I have lost over 45 lbs in the 9 weeks since surgery because I am not able to hold down much food. I am not taking a bladder medication, and zofran to try to help me keep food down. I just want to know what happened, and why I feel my ob was to quick to dismiss me as his patient.
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replied October 15th, 2012
Bladder hole....will it ever heal!!!
I had a total hysterectomy in June 2012, what was meant to be a key-hole surgery turned into an open 10 hour surgery owing to problems with my bladder being stuck to parts being removed and a need for a repair.

After a week in hospital I was let out with two catheters, one uretha and one super public. Super pubic is bearble to live with but the uretha is horrible it hurts! After three weeks I had a scan but there was still a hole. Urologist decided to take out uretha catheter as he believed it was hindering healing(hurrah), but alas I began to leak urine through the vagina. Thankfully this wasnt too bad owing to still having a super pubic catheter in.

Finally had another op on my bladder three weeks ago and told it looked as though it was successful. I had a CT Scan last week only to find I still have a hole! Due to see urologist this week to decided way forward. I am only 46 the thought of having a catheter for the rest of my life is not something I want to consider please tell me the bladder will heal Sad
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replied August 30th, 2013
Whatever you do, Keep your own notes, If you order records you will get the hospital records, but the doctor may "accidently" not have records of what you need. I went through this nightmare. 13 years later now I am still having problems. It is not fair.
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