Urology Malpractice

Urology is the field of medicine that focuses on the urinary tracts of males and females as well as the reproductive system of males. In both males and females, the urinary and reproductive tracts are close together, and disorders of one often affect the other. Whereas a female utilizes a Gynecologist, the male reproductive needs are attended by a Urologist. The organs covered by urology include the kidneys, ureters, urinary bladder, urethra, testes, epididymis, vas deferens, seminal vesicles, prostate and penis.

A Urologist has specialized knowledge and skills regarding problems of the male and female urinary tract and the male reproductive organs. Because of the vast array of clinical problems encountered, knowledge of internal medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and other specialties is required. It is multidisciplinary as the discipline includes the treatment of medical (non-surgical) problems and surgical concerns. Non-surgical issues addressed would include urinary tract infections and other problems involving non-invasive techniques. Surgical concerns include the correction of congenital abnormalities of the urinary / reproductive systems and the surgical management of cancers involving the urinary and (male) reproductive organs.

Many urologists also have subspecialties that may include:

  • Urological oncology (urological cancers)

  • Pediatric urology (children’s urology)

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Male infertility

  • Female urology

  • Neurourology (nerve disorders that adversely affect the urinary system).

Possible conditions that Urologists may treat include:

  • Prostate cancer

  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) or hyperplasia

  • Bladder cancer

  • Proteinuria (increased amounts of protein in the urine)

  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)

  • Urinary incontinence (inability to control bladder elimination)

  • Urinary tract infections

  • Erectile dysfunction and male impotence

Likewise, urologists perform a variety of medical procedures, including:

  • Cystectomies

  • Cystoscopies

  • Vasectomies

  • Orchiectomies

  • Urethovesical suspensions

Errors in Urology practice could devastate lives and possibly even cause death. Incontinence could occur from one simple mistake. Other physically and emotionally devastating occurrences could be erectile dysfunction or impotence. Namely, a Urologist could worsen or even create urological issues that they were intended to resolve. Errors in this field can be very painful and life-altering.

Common problems in the field of urology include:

  • Urine analysis errors- Because of the nature of the field, urological work often requires urine tests. If care is not taken when collecting and analyzing urine tests, false reads could lead to unnecessary surgical procedures or drug prescriptions.

  • Surgical errors- Like all areas of surgery, urology requires precision work and competence. Even a small error in surgery can produce results which, in extreme cases, can mean sterility or even death.

  • If you are not properly cared for and treated following a surgery, infections and internal bleeding can develop, which can lead to death of body tissue (necrosis) and worse.

If you feel that you or a loved one has been harmed due to surgical or medical Urology error, you may be eligible for damages. Call the Sweeney Law Firm and let our experts review the facts. You may have a medical malpractice case. If we decide to accept your case, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no fee for representation unless there is a settlement or fund recovery made on your behalf.