September is Urology awareness month. Urology is defined as a branch of medicine and physiology concerned with the function and disorders of the urinary system, therefore it encompasses a wide range of conditions. Conditions such as disease of the kidneys, bladder and prostate, including incontinence, impotence, infertility, cancer and reconstruction of the genito-urinary tract. It caters for patients of both sexes and all ages, from new born infants to elderly pensioners.
Urology medicine has historically been at the forefront of medical science, pioneering techniques involving the use of fibreoptic endoscopes and keyhole surgery. GP referrals for urology problems have increased by 20% over the last 20 years. The reasons for this are unclear, but fortunately only 10% to 12% of patients referred to an urologist require surgery.
At Morgan Jones Pett Solicitors our lawyers have experience of dealing with different types of urological clinical negligence claims, from testicular cancer to vaginal mesh complications.
With testicular cancer cases, negligence issues often involve a failure to detect the problem quickly enough for treatment to be effective. A GP should carry out a thorough physical examination and, if they’ve discovered a potential problem, make a speedy 14 day referral to a hospital specialist. GPs should also be aware of the risk factors associated with developing the disease, such as in patients with undescended testicles, or who have a family history of testicular cancer. Caught early enough, treatment for testicular cancer has one of the highest success rates of any other cancer.
With stress urinary incontinence transvaginal sling procedures have been widely performed. Negligence in this area of urological medicine has been widely publicised recently. To read our more detailed blog on the topic, click here.
If you believe that you’ve received negligent medical treatment in relation to a urological condition, get in touch for a free interview to discuss what’s happened.