Re: surgerymistakes

From: Dana (
Tue Mar 28 08:16:25 2000

I am sorry you are so frustrated. I understand your feelings as I had a similar situation. I trusted my doctor and then felt like he didn't take care of me.

I would encourage you to give yourself time to heal from this last surgery. If you just had surgery this month, it could take a while to start feeling better. I had surgery in February, and it took a full six weeks to get over my surgical pain. Mine was a laparotomy, but it will still take a few weeks to get over a laparoscopy. After my surgery, I kept feeling the pain would return and was so fearly of every discomfort I felt. But after taking it very easy for six weeks, I am finally rid of the pain.

I think another thing that has helped me is being on anti-depressants. If you're not on them, you might ask your doctor whether that's a viable option for you.

Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Dana

At Tue, 28 Mar 2000, Jessica wrote: >
>Hi all! I have to write and tell you what I, with a little help from my
>obgyn, have done to myself. I am frustrated, ashamed, and a little
>depressed. My mistake in all this was trusting my doctor. He has the
>best reputation in this area for obgyn surgery. He is a perfectionist
>and all the nurses I have talked do say he does clean surgery. Sounds
>like what we are supposed to look for right? What he has done to me is
>taken me piece by piece, and not listened to me or communicated with my
>GI doctor. Heres a quick run down of the proceedures I have had him do:
>!. Oct "98- Lap to diagnose left side abdominal pain. He found a
>corpus luteum cyst on right ovary, and adhesions to my bladder. Pain
>returned 3 days after surgery, though it was less intense.
>2. May 99- Open abdominal hysterectomy. I told him to remove anything
>that looked like it would cause trouble in the future. I told him I did
>not have a problem loosing my ovaries. At this time no adhesions were
>3. March 2000-lap to remove ovaries due to severe pain. I could not
>even work (teacher) due to the pain for 2 weeks prior to surgery. He
>said I was a mess inside. He had trouble locating ovaries due to
>adhesions and had "great difficulty" removing them. He said that he
>almost had to open me up but was able to get 90% of adhesions. He feels
>that they will almost certainly come back. 3 days after surgery, the
>pain returns. Since I had a failed attempt at a colonoscopy and the GI
>doctor diagnosed "tortured colon-probable adhesions cause" in 1998, I
>feel it's the adhesions on the colon causing the problem. My obgyn
>wrote in his report on the ovary removal that "If this patient requires
>further exploratory surgery it is recommended that it be an open
>abdominal proceedure with the use of an adhesion barrier.
>Why did I let this man open me up so many times? Why did I not demand
>that he remove my ovaries when he took my uterus? The only excuse I can
>think of is that he is very arrogant and hates to be questioned. When I
>begin to ask questions or state facts he shuts down. That's still no
>excuse for me. Through this forum I knew better than he did what needs
>to be done. You can bet I will begin interviewing surgeons today for
>the future! Before the pain gets so bad that I would let a monkey with a
>can opener do the surgery!! I'm going to wait as long as before the next
>Thanks for letting me vent and for always being there and understanding.
>Any hints on choosing a surgeon would be appreciated! Here's to a pain
>free day for all.
>Jessica Baleyko

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