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Negligent Labial Reduction Surgery

If you have had labial reduction surgery which you feel was negligently performed, you need to know what your options are. In this article we explore how labial reduction surgery is carried out, explaining what you can expect, what might constitute surgical error and what to do if you have suffered from a negligent labial reduction.

Labial reduction surgery

Labial reduction surgery is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, with women who are unhappy with their labia minora seeking surgical assistance. Some patients are motivated because the size of their labia creates discomfort and sexual dissatisfaction, while others feel embarrassed by their appearance, particularly if they are uneven.

Labial reduction surgery is one way to correct these problems. It involves a surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic, whereby the labia are either trimmed, or a 'v' shape cut out and the remaining edges sewn together. The chosen method will depend upon the preference of the surgeon. Either way, once the swelling has gone down a patient should be left with shorter labia minora.

Labial reduction and surgical error

However, there are unfortunately times when the surgeon fails to display the necessary level of skill and expertise, causing the eventual outcome to be less than satisfactory. Ordinarily, this will happen because too much tissue is excised, effectively leaving a woman with no labia whatsoever. Other examples of surgical error during labial reduction surgery include causing internal or external injuries, and leaving a swab inside the body after the operation.

Claiming for a negligent labial reduction

If you believe you have suffered from a negligent labial reduction, you need to contact a medical negligence solicitor without delay. A solicitor who specialises in this area of the law will ask you questions about your operation and your subsequent injuries before suggesting whether you have indeed been the victim of negligent surgery. If so, you will be entitled to pursue a medical negligence claim for the pain and suffering you have endured, as well as the financial costs you have incurred. If successful, you will be awarded compensation for your damages, which may include:-

  • The physical and emotional pain caused by an unsatisfactory result (such as a gross asymmetry or having too much tissue excised);
  • The distress and inconvenience having a second, correctional operation;
  • The cost of additional treatment;
  • Your loss of earnings;
  • The expense of travelling to receive further treatment.

If you are eligible to make a medical negligence claim, your solicitor will begin the process for you, guiding you through the process at each and every stage.

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