Laproscopic Clip Migration

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 11/3/2010 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I submitted to Davinci radical prostatectomy in June 2009.  Developed urinary tract infection in mid July 2009.  The following week I passed (had to be physically extracted) a piece of plastic from my urethra.  Presented it to my surgeon during my initial post op/PSA screen.  He was somewhat nonpulsed and said it was a laproscopic surgical clip that had "some how" fallen into my bladder during the surgery and subsequently migrated through my urinary system - NO KIDDING DOC!
In October/November 2009 my urination became too frequent (every 30 minutes) and too painful that I contacted my surgeon for help.  Bladder scope was attempted without any anesthetha.  He could not get the scope more than 4 inches upstream because of scar tissue.  He then attempted to dialate.  I could not tolerate the pain.  He recommended the procedure under general anesthetha.  I consented and a few days later underwent a bladder neck constricture repair.  Got to spend another five quality days with a catheter waiting for the bleeding to stop.
I researched this event/procedure/clip.  There are numerous cases of "issues" with this clip migrating.  Subsequently I contacted law firms seeking advice.  Was told to go sit in the corner because of medical tort reform in Tennessee.
So here I am, 17 months post surgery, totally ED, with no apology/admission from my surgeon and being told by so many that I should be thankful.  I am one of those who feel as if I was "ram rodded" by the medical community, which is quick to diagnose, but in my opinion not fully capable of commensurably addressing the issue.  As I read some of the postings on this site and the medical conditions/diagnoses I am taken back by what appears to be a hasty decision to submit to treatment.  20/20 is hindsight, but if I had it all to do over again, watching waiting would have been my option.

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 11/4/2010 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a clip surgically removed just last week. (Two years after prostate surgery.)  My body was rejecting mine and had a calcium build up on it...which was causing blood in the urine.
I too had a  Bladder scope  to look around a couple months ago...Doc tried to get it out but OH YES...the pain was too much.
I spent six minutes looking up "malpractice" and came to the conclusion I didn't stand a chance..Have also run into a few other guys here with the same thing..It's just one of those unfortuant things that happens to a few of us unlucky/rare guys.
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