I had lower bowel cancer and needed an APER to remove the rectum to be left with a permanent colostomy. At no point before the operation I was given advice or information regarding other complications of this surgery i.e. impotency, retrograde ejaculation, along with urine expulsion at the time of orgasm, & yes even with a flaccid penis. Not to mention the loss of feeling of wanting to urinate and the relief feeling whilst voiding and knowing when finished urinating resulting with some dribble incontinence. Together with not been offered the choice of hospitals where the surgery was to be performed. (Dec 2009)
The question being do I have a leg to stand on if I wanted to sue for this lack of informed consent and therefore I could of influenced my post op quality of life by choosing a more intelligible hospital e.g. St Marks if I had known I had a right to choose. Not only this surely this is against my ethical & moral human rights that someone could make this decision for me knowing the high risk factors of this operation? I also wonder should I have a solicitor present when I am to have a meeting with one of the surgeons who operated on me over 2 years ago? He has already admitted in writing that I should have been given this information prior to my surgery. (Unsure if this was also the GPs responsibility but I believe he was only responsible for the right to choose)
Please all & any comments as I am slowly trying to claw my way out of depression to fight this & I get over whelmed when just trying to approach the subject
Huge thanks to anyone with any knowledge of this as I am also in touch with Pals.