Our Service For You


Medical Negligence
Repair Of Labial Tear After Childbirth

Repair Of Labial Tear After Childbirth

If you are left with a labial deformity after childbirth, you may wish to undergo surgical treatment to remove any excess labial tissue. However, labial reduction does carry a number of potential risks. If a complication does indeed arise and a woman was not given sufficient information before surgery, or there was a shortfall in standard of surgery, there may be grounds for a compensation claim.

Labial Tear during Childbirth

Labial perforation is a recognised complication of vaginal delivery. However, it is one that should be readily identified by medical professionals soon after the birth. This is because all women who have a vaginal delivery must have a pelvic and rectal examination to ensure any injuries are detected and repaired; therefore a labial tear should be spotted and an appropriate course of treatment devised before a woman is sent home from hospital.

Repairing Labial Tears

The type of treatment provided for a labial tear will vary depending upon the extent of injury. If the trauma is superficial, a midwife may decide to insert a couple of stitches (known as sutures) to help the wound repair. However, this can be particularly painful, and so a woman should be consulted upon what she wishes to do. It may be best to leave the injury until swelling has reduced; treatment can then be undertaken at a later date if necessary. If this option is decided upon, it is important for medical professionals to provide advice on wound management. Follow-up care must also be arranged to ensure the problem does not deteriorate.

Surgical Repair for Labial Tears

Nevertheless, even if a high standard of care is provided for a labial tear, a woman may still be left with a labial deformity. This can cause a number of problems, including discomfort wearing tight clothes, pain during sexual intercourse, and emotional and psychological distress.

If a woman does sustain a labial deformity after childbirth, she may be referred to a surgeon for a labiaplasty. This is an operation whereby the labia are reduced in size. The simplest way to do this is to trim the labial tissue away and stitch the edges. Alternatively, a surgeon may cut out a triangular piece of tissue and suture the remaining tissue back together.

However, labiaplasty does carry a number of complications, of which a woman should be informed before she signs the consent form. These risks include:-

  • Wound infection;
  • Breakdown of the repair;
  • Haematoma (excessive bleeding) leading to perforation;
  • Nerve damage.

Labiaplasty and Medical Negligence

If a woman is not warned of the risks of labiaplasty or offered the various options for surgical treatment, then this may represent a substandard level of care. Furthermore, if the surgery itself is performed without the necessary skills and expertise, causing a woman to suffer injury, then treatment may have fallen below an acceptable standard. If so, it will be possible to pursue a medical negligence claim for the pain and suffering caused.

If you believe your labial deformity was repaired negligently, contact a medical negligence solicitor today to discuss your claim. A legal expert will be able to suggest what action you should take next.

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Bookmark This Article?

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Free enquiry

 


Free Claim Enquiry

Complete a short enquiry form and we will contact you.

Free enquiry

*

Testimonials

"Before we contacted you we had no real idea that we had grounds for a medical negligence claim but after speaking to you if became clear that Wendy was indeed treated poorly. Chris took the time to explain what was happening and kept us to speed. Our deepest gratitude to you all and Chris in particular."

"I would like to say a big thank you to you for making this whole process easy and relatively painless. You kept me informed throughout and you were always polite and courteous in all forms of communication. I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family, so a really big thank you and I wish you all the best in the future."

» Read More Medical Negligence Testimonials?

*
Helping Clients throughout England and Wales


contact us

*

Free Medical Negligence Guide

'7 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing A Medical Negligence Solicitor'

Free download

*