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kidney damage diagnosed, was wrong

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  • Posted By: lipwak
  • September 9, 2009
  • 05:16 PM


Back in April I had a prostatectomy. Unbeknownst to me after that, urine was leaking from where they had sewed the urethra back onto the bladder. So, for 3 weeks I was leaking urine into my abdomen. My waist grew from 32 inches to 40 inches. I was getting more uncomfortable, didn't have any appetite and had some severe bladder spasms. I had mentioned these problems to my surgeon but his office (nurses) said that these symptoms were normal so I lived with them, expecting them to get better.

Finally I couldn't take it any longer. I went to my local hospital. (The surgeon was in NYC, about 45 minutes away.) I was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. I was seen by a few doctors, had some X-rays taken and waited forever. (The ER was under-staffed that day.) Eventually I was told by two doctors that I had kidney damage and that I needed to stay at the hospital. I had told everyone that I had had a prostatectomy 3 weeks earlier.

Over the course of the next two days, I had more tests done, more imaging (CT scans, sonograms) and it was figured out that I had urine leaking into my abdomen so we agreed that the best thing to do was to have me transferred into NY to get drained. I did and all was well after that.

My concern was that several doctors at the local hospital told me I had kidney damage. I didn't. I can see how the urine in my abdomen would have mimicked the same symptoms as kidney damage but if they had factored my prostatectomy into their analysis, they wouldn't have gotten it wrong. They could have told me I MIGHT have kidney damage but they insisted I HAD kidney damage.

That is my complaint.

I have written to all the doctors who gave me that inaccurate diagnosis. None of them have responded. I have also written to the hospital's patient rep. She wrote back and we conversed a few times but she is still holding to the point of view that the doctors did nothing wrong.

I have very little respect for the doctors or the hospital.

I am lucky that no one did anything to treat my kidneys. No harm was done other than my suffering needlessly.

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