Failed Sterilisation Compensation - Medical Negligence Solicitors Claim

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Sterilisation can be done on men or on women. In men, the procedure is called a vasectomy and in women the procedure is called a tubal ligation. The tubal ligation can be done just after a woman has given birth by caesarean section or naturally. A vasectomy can be done at any time. There are a lot of psychological, social, cultural and religious issues surrounding the use of these procedures. Still, they are good methods of permanent birth control for those people in a stable relationship who have had the number of children they want to have. Failure of sterilisation techniques can lead to unwanted consequences which may give rise to a solicitors medical negligence compensation claim.

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Sterilisation Techniques

The popularity of the tubal ligation is somewhat declining. It has fallen by a third in the last twenty years. Vasectomy rates have remained unchanged over the years. Worldwide, the sterilisation techniques described above are the most common forms of contraception used, with more than 190 million tubal ligations and 33 million vasectomies.

Tubal ligation and vasectomies are permanent procedures that work most of the time. Occasionally, a woman can still become pregnant after a tubal ligation, even when the tubes have been removed properly. Fallopian tubes have a way of healing themselves back together so they can become functional again. Even if the Fallopian tubes are banded, cut, burned, clipped or tied, it is only about 99 percent effective. Young women who have a tubal ligation have a higher failure rate than older women.

Even so, the procedure should be considered permanent. While there can be tubal ligation reversals, they are not perfect and you may not regain fertility after having the tubal ligation reversed. There is a higher rate of tubal pregnancies as well as a failure to get pregnant.

In men, the failure rate is about 0.01-0.2 percent. This is a lower failure rate than in tubal ligations. Some vasectomies fail because the man has had sex too soon after the procedure and still has active sperm in the system. Men need to have a semen sample delivered to the doctor about six months after the vasectomy to make sure that the sperm have all disappeared. The vas deference has less of a chance of growing together; nevertheless, it can happen in rare cases. More commonly, the failure is due to a failure of the surgery in the first place, which can happen if the doctor is not experienced in doing vasectomies.

In a tubal ligation, the two Fallopian tubes on either side of the uterus are isolated in a laparoscopic or open surgical procedure. The tubes are cut, tied or clipped, and sometimes burned at the ends. Often a piece of the Fallopian tube is removed and looked at under the microscope to prove that the tube has, in fact, been taken care of. Without the section of tube, doctors can’t be positive that the tube has been attended to properly. This can lead to failure of the tubal ligation.

The same thing is done with the vas deferens in males. A section of the vas deferens is taken and looked at under the microscope to prove it was actually divided successfully.

Tubal ligations can be done just after a woman has given birth. The uterus is large and can easily be reached via an infraumbilical incision. The tubes are isolated and divided. In addition, a woman who has had a cesarean section can have an open tubal ligation done at the same time she delivers her infant in the same surgical opening. A woman can also have a tubal ligation via a laparoscope in an infraumbilical incision. A vaginal incision can also be used. This can be done regardless of whether or not the woman has recently been pregnant or not.

Sometimes a failure of sterilisation is due to medical negligence, when the doctor has failed to take portions of the Fallopian tube or has failed to divide it properly. Other times, the tubal ligation or vasectomy was done perfectly but the body has reconnected the cut ends and a pregnancy ensues.

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