Don’t Assume BPH Laser Surgery is Routine. Know the Facts!

Imagine the discomfort of not being able to void all of your urine.  Despite your best effort to urinate nothing more comes out and yet you still feel like your bladder is full.  That’s because it is.  This is what happens to many men that are suffering from BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia).  This is generally described as a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.  The enlarged prostate may compress the urinary tract preventing or impeding the flow of urine from the bladder.  When medications don’t work urologists often turn to other procedures and surgeries to reduce the size of the prostate gland thereby relieving the compression and restoring full flow.  One such procedure  is a laser PVP (photoselective vaporization of the prostate) with the use of a Green light laser.

What happens when all does not go as planned, however, and the urologist commits medical negligence?  SLAVIN & MORSE successfully handled such a personal injury medical malpractice case which resulted in a significant confidential settlement.  The injured plaintiff came through the surgery, but instead of having full flow restored, the gentlemen was left with a condition known as urinary stress incontinence.  Essentially, he could not predict or control the frequency or volume of his full flow urination.  The condition was devastating for this fine man.

The case was carefully investigated, researched and prepared for trial out of our Woodbridge, NJ location.  It was alleged that the urologist made a surgical error and too aggressively lased the prostate causing unintended damage to the internal sphincter muscle that helps the starting and stopping of the urination process.  The lawsuit also alleged that the patient was not adequately screened for the procedure with adequate pre-surgical testing and was not fully informed of the potential outcomes prior to the surgery.  Fortunately for all parties the lawsuit was resolved with a significant confidential settlement prior to trial.  Don’t let anyone tell you that procedures and surgery are routine.  Ask the right questions and get all the facts.  Sometimes the cure can be worse than the cause.

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