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  • Posted By: marcslove
  • August 24, 2008
  • 02:03 PM

Hello all, I need some advice/help please!!! I will try to make it a short story: My 64 year old mother was seen on Monday June 16th, 2008 for pain and a bulge in her lower left abdomin. Primary care Doctor said it was a possible Hernia and gave a referral to a general surgeon. Seen the surgeon on that Wednesday the 18th. He looked at her abdomin and pushed a little and agreed that it was a hernia and said he could do the operation on that Friday the 20th. So within 1 week we were happy that this would be taken care of and she would be home after a couple of days. The Doctor wanted to keep her for a day or 2 since she was considered to be a high risk patient. She had just had a back surgery in January for spinal decompression and some fusion. She had a difficult recovery from the back surgery but was recovering at home and was eating properly, walking with a cane and living on her own. She has had cronic pain and back problems for years but with her recent surgery we were hoping that she would be back to normal in a few months. She was on pain medication and 15 other meds, 3 for high blood pressure, 2 for depression, hormones, etc. When she develpoed this abdominal pain it was a small setback, or so we thought. Ok where is she today? In a hospital/nursing home on a feeding tube after having 2-3 feet of intestines and bowel removed. Bowel obstruction I guess. This was preformed by the General Surgeon after opening her up and finding that it wasn't a hernia! They had done no x-rays before hand to make sure that it was a hernia! There was no choice given to her before hand telling her that this was a HUGE surgery and that there were many risks involved. The Doctor came out after the surgery and told me what he had done and said that she should recover fine and that he had no idea how she had been eating at all. Then told me he was going to put her in an induced coma for 2 days and then check for leaks in her intestines and bowel and sew her back up on Sunday afternoon. That this was better for her instead of having her wake up then go under again for the second surgery. What could I do but say ok? After the 2nd surgery he said that there was still a small leak in her bowel but that it should heal on its' own within a month but that she would be able to go home before that. Then she started vomiting bile and had a temperature of 102-103 at times and was being given tons of antibiotics. It all went down hill from there. She developed and abscess or Fistula in her stomach. Caught a staph infection and on and on. She cannot walk on her own now and has lost 35 lbs. Has been on this feeding tube for 3 months and developed diabetes which they say is from the high glucose levels in the nutrition they give her through the tube. Now they said she will never eat again unless she has another surgery, which of coarse nobody wants to do because of all the problems she is having and nobody will say that the other Doctor messed her up inside. Oh and after 2 or 3 weeks the original surgeon passed her on to an associate and has not even bothered to check on her. Now they moved her to another place and are preparing her to come home in 2 weeks. Still not being able to eat anything and only being able to have water. I feel that the original surgeon did something wrong and I don't know what steps to take. Please help!! Oh and they put a tube in her stomach so that any stomach content can drain into a bag and bile is still comig out of the tube from her stomach.

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  • im sorry i cant give medical advise, but from what you say i think from the start they messed up, they should have done a scan or xray on her, do they have pyhcic vision to see through her? there should be some manager of the hospital that you can go through to start the complaints prosedure, she shoul be able to see her medical records too, dont let them fob you off, they did not do a good job with her did they. good luck.
    XANDER 23 Replies
    • November 17, 2008
    • 02:20 PM
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