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Appendicitis malpractice

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  • Posted By: DH1987
  • May 17, 2009
  • 09:03 AM

I need serious help and will appreciate any advice. A 21 yr old male had a appendicitis removal almost a year ago and ever since then his health has been deteriorating. He hasn't had a normal bowel movement in almost a year, always has watery and some times gelly like stool. His rectal,anus,stomach and where his appendix operation was done hurts severely almost all the time and he's constipated a lot. He has trouble going to the bathroom and has to stay on insoluble fiber but even that doesn't help him much. His heart rate drops, he has fainted many times and he reacts pretty slow to things! On the hospital paper work it appears as if it had been a normal appendix removal procedure but in less than a month after his surgery he had to go to the emergency room because he felt very ill. They did xrays and found a cut in his intestine! were thinking the surgeon cut him while surgery and didn't write that down on the paper work. Do you think he contracted an infection? and if so what should I tell his doctor to test him for? He has had fever up to 102! and it seems as if his body is trying to fight something because he was an athletic healthy young man. He had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done and everything appeared normal. I think they had checked for cancer. The doctors seem to be taking it slow with him and he doesn't have any time to wait. They don't know what he could have!!!! :mad: :confused: He has private insurance now but didn't at the time of his surgical procedure, any advice would be great!
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  • I forgot to mention that he pukes blood sometimes and has rectal bleeding!!
    DH1987 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I need serious help and will appreciate any advice. A 21 yr old male had a appendicitis removal almost a year ago and ever since then his health has been deteriorating. He hasn't had a normal bowel movement in almost a year, always has watery and some times gelly like stool. His rectal,anus,stomach and where his appendix operation was done hurts severely almost all the time and he's constipated a lot. Something's wrong if he's still hurting after a year. The anus and rectum could have be painful from other things but you mentioned he's constipated and could very well be straining a lot when he goes, causing the pain. As far as a normal bowel movement, your appendix is part of your GI tract and the surgery may have altered his body on its own to compensate for what was removed. I can't explain it, really - it just happens. My bowel function also changed after my abdominal hysterectomy. I had the most painful bowel movements of my life for months after that surgery. I would scream as I was going. It resolved in its own. He has trouble going to the bathroom and has to stay on insoluble fiber but even that doesn't help him much. Is h taking narcotics for his pain? Take a look at his meds. That could be a cause. His heart rate drops, he has fainted many times and he reacts pretty slow to things! I assume the heart rate drops suddenly when he goes from sittng to standing or from lying to sitting, which could be orthostatic hypotension. On the hospital paper work it appears as if it had been a normal appendix removal procedure but in less than a month after his surgery he had to go to the emergency room because he felt very ill. They did xrays and found a cut in his intestine! were thinking the surgeon cut him while surgery and didn't write that down on the paper work. Do you think he contracted an infection? and if so what should I tell his doctor to test him for? Oh my. Get him to a doctor or an ER if he's in a lot of pain, running a high fever, etc. If there is truly a tear/cut in his intestine, then everything that goes into his intestines, a little of it is released into his body cavity. He could have a massive infection of the blood, called sepsis. If let go too long, he could die. Some symptoms of sepsis are high blood pressure or a really low blood pressure and it sounds like he has some issues with his blood pressure. Another sympton is his abdominal pain and the. I see where he has a fever to 102. I am not a doctor but it does sound to me like this kid could have sepsis and miost like requires hospitalization AND repair of the nick in his colon if that is the cause. I'm puzzled as to why it has not been fixed yet.. I heard a story about a lady who had a hysterectomy. The doctor sewed one of her ureters (the tube between the kidney and bladder) shut. The kidney died, she almost died and the doctor ended up with a lawsuit. What puzzles me, as a medical transcriptionist, is how often I hear the doctor say that the risks and benefits including yada yada yada of the procedure were explained to the patient in great detail.... I've never once in all the surgerires I've had, ever been told anything by any doctor of any risks or benefits. I think it's included in the paperwork you sign and most folks don't bother reading it. One of those risks is "injury to an adjacent organ". He has had fever up to 102! and it seems as if his body is trying to fight something because he was an athletic healthy young man. He had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done and everything appeared normal. I think they had checked for cancer. The doctors seem to be taking it slow with him and he doesn't have any time to wait. They don't know what he could have!!!! :mad: :confused: He has private insurance now but didn't at the time of his surgical procedure, any advice would be great! thanks :( Definitely get him evaluated, tell the doctor about the fever, the pain, the mental confusion and the blood pressure issues. In my amateur opinion, I think he needs blood cultures drawn and that possible nick in his colon needs investigated and if it's there, it needs fixed immediately. Keep us posted. Take care! Tammy
    Vikefantam 30 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm not sure I understand.....you say they found a spot where his bowel was nicked during the appendectomy, then you say that the colonoscopy revealed no tear? Which is it-- tear or no tear? If they did cut into his intestine during the surgery, it would explain the symptoms. This can be very serious, as leaking bowel (waste) into the abdominal cavity can cause sepsis.....VERY serious. However, if this is the problem (and I hate to tell you this)........it IS one of the risks you take on when consenting to have the surgery in the first place. It is part of the consent form you (or he) signed-- acceptable risks they call it. This would not be considered malpractice (to my knowledge)....unless the doc who performed the surgery knew about it and tried to conceal it from you. Get him to a hospital. Tell them to check for a leak in the intestine-- tell them about the x-ray? that showed the nick (take it with you if you have it). If that is what is causing his trouble, it can be life-threatening. I urge you to act as quickly as possible......but don't accuse anyone of anything just yet. I know your emotions are caught up in this, but you will receive better treatment from the docs if you don't accuse before ultimate proof is in your hands. All my best to you and your son. I do hope you find answers soon.
    Harmonium 322 Replies Flag this Response
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