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Unread 05-20-2008, 05:35 PM
artery was cut during surgery

Has anyone out there had or heard of what happened to me? I am beginning to think that there might have been neglagence and I don't know what to do. I had a complete hysterectomy December 4, 2007. I also was scheduled for a bladder lift. During the surgery my iliac artery was cut. I had to have a blood transfusion. It was repaired, the blood was not flowing properly and they opened it back up and repaired it again. I was in pain worse than child birth afer a very long surgery that started with two surgeons and ended up with 4. I don't know if my pain was normal or not. I couldn't sit up without unbearable pain. I had tingling in my foot and leg that I kept going to the doctor for a couple times a week. They kept checking my blood flow to my leg- do to the artery being cut- and said there was blood flowing. Finally on december 27th my doctor said that she had talkd to a specialist that recommended running a dye through me to be on the safe side and make sure blood was running through my repaired artery. After the results came back concluding that I had a blood clot where they had repaired the artery I was immediatly checked into the hospital, put on blood thinners and the next day had emergency surgery removing the blood clot and inserting a stent into my artery. I continued to have pain and tingling in my leg and foot and continued to get checked. Finally the middle of February while out at the mall ( yes, I was trying to lead as normal a life as possible) my pain and tingling turned into spasms and I could hardly walk. My husband took me to the emergency room and after putting me on drugs stronger than morphine and running a cat scan found that I had a herniated disc. I was put on bed rest for a week then sent to physical therpy and after other x-rays was told I also had a twisted pelvic bone. I quite physical therpy in April (on my own advise) and continued it myself at home. I still have tingling in my leg and foot and have tenderness on the right side of my bikini area and around it which I think may be above the artery repair. I can't find any information on anything siimular to what happened to me. Today I looked into a new insurance plan for my family since my husband just lost his and was turned down. I have been told that I am not insurable other than through a risk pool and was told by one agent that it sounds like the doctor was neglagent. I lost months of work and know looks like I will be stuck with alot of medical bills in the future. If the doctor was neglagent than I need to talk to her regaring the future medical costs. Please give me some advice if you have any. Stressed and confused, Michell
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Unread 05-20-2008, 05:35 PM

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Unread 05-20-2008, 06:07 PM
artery was cut during surgery

Hello, Michell!

I'm really sorry that you have had such a rough experience with surgery and recovery. You've been through a lot. I don't know if there is anyone here who has had the same experience or not but I know that your Sisters will be here to support you. As you read in the side Guidelines when you joined, we can't ask for or give legal advice on the message boards but you certainly can post to ask if anyone else has experienced what you have. On a site the size of this one it's likely there is going to be someone who can relate and share those experiences.

You are welcome to post a new thread on the Post-Op message board so that you can connect with post-op members. We'll look for you there!


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