Case study negligent hysterectomy causes kidney damage
The case:

Negligent Hysterectomy Causes Kidney Damage

Last Updated: 26th Apr 2024
Surgery Negligence Claims

During the removal of her fallopian tubes and ovaries, a staple was mistakenly placed in Mrs J’s right ureter – an oversight that has left her prone to future urinary infections and limited kidney function. Learn how we helped her secure a settlement for this surgical error.

Tony Mitty - Medical Negligence Solicitor and Partner at Gadsby Wicks
Solicitor and Partner
Tony Mitty


Mrs J underwent a hysterectomy and bilateral oophorectomy (removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries) at her local hospital. She was discharged the following day. The day after she became unwell and was re-admitted to hospital.

An ultrasound scan showed a grossly abnormal right kidney with hydronephrosis, which was caused by a staple or suture that had been put across the right ureter. As a result, Mrs J had to have a nephrostomy inserted to drain urine directly from her kidney. That remained in place for three months until she underwent re-implantation of the right ureter into the bladder.

Following that she developed several urinary tract infections, which caused her to experience chills, fever, headaches and urinary urgency. She will remain prone to future urinary tract infections and her renal function has diminished on that side.

The case was pursued as a surgical complication claim on the basis that it was medically negligent to place a staple or suture across the right ureter, and not notice that it had happened.


Initially, the Defendant denied both breach of duty and causation, and proceedings were issued. However, the claim was then settled for £80,000, of which £40,000 was for general damages. 

This case was led by Tony Mitty.

NOTE: While our case studies are designed to give an indication of the outcomes that can be achieved in these circumstances, the compensation awarded in individual cases can vary significantly due to a range of factors, including effects on life expectancy, the severity of the negligence that took place, and the financial impact.

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