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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 4/1/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,

I'm new to this site also, and reading your post reminds me of what my surgeon has told me, a 50% chance on this that it will work, I have colonic inertia along with sigmoid colon stenosis, I am 38...I have been this way since my gallbladder surgery on 9/5/06. The surgeon who did the gallbladder removal lapro, said he accidentally spilled the contents of my gallbladder which was poisoned with thick black tarry bile into my abdomen mad , now before this surgery, my bowels worked fine, but since the surgery, nothing, it was literally overnight that my bowels stopped working!! mad

I also got a copy of the operating room minutes to read what else happened, I read also that he removed part of my liver, which he never told me!! mad It caused a severe bleed, I should get a lawyer, but I don't know how, etc...anyways, I am in the same boat, my surgery is scheduled for May 6th, and I'm a nervous wreck!!! confused

I believe in my heart that surgeon caused this to me, and no, this surgeon doing my coloectomy is not the same surgeon who did my gb surgery, thank God!

I would like some input from some people on here as to what they think, etc...I am now totally disabled because of this, I had to give up a management position because I couldn't stand the pain, etc...all I can handle is ice cream, solid foods kill me almost.... sad

Good luck to you and anybody else out there who is going through this also. I look forward to getting some responses to my post, maybe some good advice, etc... :-)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 4/2/2008 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sorry this has happened to you. sad

You should definitely get a lawyer. Just look in the yellow pages under Lawyers and find one that handles medical malpractice and one that does not charge you unless you win. You should be compensated for this mistake. Also, since you're disabled, you can apply for Social Security Disability. Your lawyer can help you with that, too.

Regarding your surgery on May 6th, it's going to be okay. They'll give you excellent pain medicine in the hospital, so they'll make sure you're comfortable. Tell your surgeon that you want to be on a pain pump, so you can push the button every time you need medicine. That way, you won't have to wait for the nurse to come and give it to you.

If you can only eat liquids right now, have you tried juicing fruits and veggies, so you get some nutrients? My heart goes out to you for having to go through all of this. Please ask us any questions you may have, and we'll do our best to help you through this.

Take care,
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 4/2/2008 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Jazzygirl:

Sorry you had to go through all of this. I could only second what Cecilia told you.

In regards to the lawyer it would be a good idea to check around with family and friends for referrals. Also most states have websites that you can visit in order to see if an attorney has had any licensing problems. In addition, you can call the state bar association for a list of referrals. Try to talk to a couple of lawyers before selecting one to take your case. Almost all personal injury lawyers would take such a case on a "contingency" basis where they only get paid on a percentage of what you collect (generally no more than 1/3).

I know your mad as hell at the surgeon, I would be too, but job 1 is for you to get better. Believe me, most lawyers will jump through hoops to get a case like yours, but, you'll have time for that once you feel better.

Keep posting & let us know how you're doing.

Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 

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