The exploratory took place at one of Queensland's state capital's hospitals where they teach students - may the Lord protect the students....!
8 years ago in my hometown, which is a regional city, I was misdiagnosed with a ruptured Batholins abcess. Wasn't correctly diagnosed with the fistula until 2005. The colorectal guys wanted to do an advancement flap repair with a bag for 6 months WITHOUT doing an exploratory. They just assumed it was long and torturous because it wasn't a *normal* fistula - ie, in the normal spot and short and straight.
That's why I went the gyny route - they could see it in the examination room after I told them where it was, and that's why my female gyny did the exploratory, with photos too!, to track it. I told her I didn't want the bag so she looked at the fistula plug that is new to the market. When it failed (came out), she referred me to a colorectal guy to see what he suggested. At that appt, I told him that I had been misdiagnosed and where it was. He was talking about doing the plug again but with a different shape to it but wanted to look himself. Obviously he doesn't read his own notes or pass on the information to the gyny surgeon he had with him.
I also could have kicked the bucket from all the DVTs in my left leg and PE in my right lung last year as I didn't have the classic symptoms and the ER Dr was going to send me home. I only got the ultrasound on my leg as my temp was high and I didn't feel feverish. THAT's when they discovered the multiple blood clots. They didn't discover the PE in the lung until the next day when I went back to the ER to tell them I could feel pressure on my chest and they decided to do a CAT scan...............!
Well, I would much prefer to get him to repair it. I think if I just went the route of making an official complaint, it might 'blackball' me in the rest of the state. However, I told the head nurse of the other surgeon who did the exploratory last year, so now, that particular surgeon, and the other gynys (including the interns) that were there on Wednesday, now know about it.
Other ways to skin a cat I say. I might look sweet but I was told once that I have the 'bad blood' of my Grandmother. In other words, the Great Aunt who said that did so because I stood up to her verbal bullying of my sister. Apparently my Grandmother (her sister-in-law) stood up to her verbal bullying when my Dad was a boy and actually punched her in the nose! My father reckons that his mum must have had to jump as she was like 5ft nothing and the great aunt close to 6 ft! LOL!