Glad the missing instrument thing was resolved to your satisfaction.
The reason no other doc would help me were 2 reasons. There is this thing called "The White Wall of Silence." It is when one doc makes a serious error other docs don't want to address it. Because in addressing it, it admits an error was made. Docs have a bond to eachother that is as strong as a mother-child bond. I do not know why as they break their hypocratic oath in doing so. Second reason is is that releasing my small intestine from inches of dense scar tissue was extremely dangerous. This situation is akin to pulling a garden hose out of concrete. It's apt to rip. AND this did actually happen when the doc who fixed me the best that could be done did extricate my small intestine from dense scar tissue. My small intestine did rip. Luckily for me this doc was VERY experienced and caught the rip and sewed it up before any small bowel contents were spilled. Had he not been as quick or experienced, I would have gotten peritonitis. As it was I did have one month of NG tubes and ileus where the small bowel does not wake up, but it was just due to all the trauma it encountered during this needed surgery and it eventually did wake up. This doc also used Seprafilm adhesion barrier to reduce the density and number of new adhesions that would form (see, each surgery creates adhesions). He did have a plastic surgeon assist him which was the right thing to do as plastic surgeons are experienced in this sort of thing.
When I awoke this surgeon was bending over me saying THis was a very difficult surgery but I did what I needed to do. You should be fine. (There are no guarantees, each day is a gift, that is why I am doing extensive, non-stop travel.) Only two months after this needed surgery this doc who saved my life had to stop doing major surgeries as he himself is an older man and 4 hour surgeries was getting to his back. He said I got into his op schedule right under the wire. I send this man post cards from all my travels and he is thrilled. I really believe he is an angel sent from God in the form of a doctor. I sure hope his skill and my luck hold and I never have another adhesion reobstruction as I have not had since Aug. 2007 when he did this surgery. I'm 3 and a half years out.
Regarding the original surgeons, most of their victims of which I later found out there are about a dozen most of whom died and did not find the help persist in doing what they did to me. I am in litigation with them as are the survivors of many of their other deceased plaintiffs. Turns out they do procedures for dollars. Get sued continuously and still they "practice on" with no follow-up to complications. The reason their malpractice insurance carrier does not drop them is that in our state, as far as I've learned, docs are all insured by this umbrella insurance. That means that the good docs like the one who saved me have insurance rates that rise to cover the bad docs who are sued over and over. Hardly fair huh?
It took me a year to get my life saved, 2 years to learn the anatomy to assemble my suit and a year to find an atty who had been a surgeon who understood my case. It is now in discovery phase with depositions, etc. BUT no amount of money will get my original body back for me. BUT, at least I'm not disappearing without a trace if I do eventually succumb to complications from this. In the meantime, I'm doing my best as an ileostomate to enjoy world travel, my life's passion. My world cruise in 2009 was the highlight of my life.
I see life so much differently than others who have not been down my road do. It is the ultimate "Don't sweat the small stuff." When I hear people complaining of a chipped finger nail, I just do a big eye roll in my mind and think, they don't have a clue. Not their fault, just as it is.
I do want to write a patient advocacy book as my contribution to society, but if I win my suit I'm sure it will come with a huge Gag Order. Wishing you well. Rosemary