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Necrotising Fasciitis After a Hernia Operation

Necrotising Fasciitis After a Hernia Operation

A hernia operation may seem like a fairly straightforward procedure but an open wound can lead to a destructive, life-threatening condition.

Necrotising Fasciitis

Necrotising fasciitis is caused when one or a combination of bacteria infect the deep tissue layers of the body. The toxins released by the bacteria infect and destroy the body's tissue. The infection can spread at an alarming rate, threatening the patient's life-support systems and major organs. If untreated, the patient is likely to die.

As it most frequently occurs in the abdomen or lower limbs, abdominal surgery puts a patient at risk of acquiring this devastating infection. Whether through open surgery or keyhole surgery, a hernia operation is an ideal opportunity for the bacteria to enter the body.

Treatment is a matter of emergency as any delay is likely to result in a poorer outcome for the patient.

Precautions

Patients due to undergo surgery are frequently administered antibiotics as a preventative measure against infection. If this does not take place and the patient subsequently develops a severe infection, the medical professionals responsible may be considered to have acted negligently.

Monitoring

Patients who have recently undergone surgery need careful monitoring for signs of an infection setting in.

Symptoms that might suggest that the patient is developing necrotising fasciitis would include:

  • Intense pain at the site of the wound
  • Redness, swelling and tenderness at the site of the wound
  • High temperature
  • Chills
  • A rapid heartbeat

Diagnosis

Due to its high mortality rate, a diagnosis for necrotising fasciitis needs to be achieved as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, early symptoms can be hard to distinguish from other infections but, if the medical practitioner has any suspicion that the patient might be developing necrotising fasciitis, it is vital that they are referred for further investigation.

This may require surgical exploration as the definitive way to identify if tissue destruction is occurring.

Treatment

Antibiotics should be administered immediately and removal of all dead tissue is likely to be necessary to prevent further spread of the infection.

Negligence

A patient who has suffered with necrotising fasciitis may wish to consider if any of the following has occurred:

  • Were they given prophylactic antibiotics before surgery?
  • Were their symptoms of infection taken seriously?
  • Did they receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis
  • Was the appropriate treatment undertaken as a matter of emergency?

Speak with a solicitor

Glynns Solicitors has supported numerous clients and families who have suffered the shocking effects of necrotising fasciitis.

If you believe that your experience of this condition may have been due to substandard medical care, contact us to discuss your situation with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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