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Lawsuit filed by transgender patient when ovaries are removed

One doctor who has devoted much of her medical practice to helping transgender patients has been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by a 37-year-old woman who went to the physician because of menstruation problems. According to the complaint, a hysterectomy was scheduled that would include the removal of her uterus, both Fallopian tubes and one ovary. The second ovary was to remain so that she would still receive natural hormones and could still have a biological child someday.

After surgery, the complaint says the woman found out that both ovaries had been removed.

The doctor, who has been a gynecologist and obstetrician for almost 20 years, started working with transgender patients in 2010. According to the doctor's attorney, she has treated over 2,500 gender-nonconforming and trans patients, with 50 more coming in each month.

The complaint says that both ovaries were removed because the woman had endometriosis, but testing afterwards found no indication of the disease. Now the woman is in menopause, according to the lawsuit.

Finding physicians that are dedicated to providing medical care specifically to transgender patient can be difficult. Many transgender patients opt to go to a specific physician because of a referral or recommendation from someone they know and trust.

If you have suffered because an Ohio physician did not meet the standard of care in your treatment, you have options. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about how to seek compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, disability and much more.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, "Transgender patient files malpractice suit against Utah physician who removed their ovaries," Jennifer Dobner, July 30, 2017

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