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Unread 01-25-2003, 08:54 PM
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I had my hysterectomy last Mar. 14 - total abdominal, took everything. Unknown at the time, the surgeon cut/tore a fairly large hole in my bladder, thought it was a bladder infection first, treated me with meds, then thought it was a "small nick" so he tried a cathater for a while, didn't work, sent me to a urologist who discovered the hole - took over 7 hours in surgery to fix, had to cut my bladder open & repair from the inside, a week in the hospital, had to cut me from above my navel all the way down, had a suprapubic cath that I went home with, 9 days later developed sepsis, was back in the hospital in critical condition, had to take my gall bladder then because the sepsis had attacked it, massive infection all over stomach, in my kidneys, ect... My doctor did not tell me something like this could happen, but now his insurance company is saying that this is a "known risk to a hysterectomy" and has refused any compensation for my medical bills, lost work, pain & suffering (and there was alot of that). I lost 3 months of work, went through alot, my family went through alot, now my stomach is scarred terribly. Is this true? It doesn't seem right that I almost died and no one is accountable. Does anyone know if this is true? I really need some help. Thanks
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Unread 01-25-2003, 11:11 PM
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Oh sweetie it sounds like you have really been through it! I'm so glad you've made it and you're going to be OK. Are you still requiring followup medical care, or is everything settled now?

Yes, insurance companies can be like that. We can't really offer suggestions about how to deal with insurance companies or other big corporate entities but I wanted to recommend that you get another opinion about your situation... make sure you are protecting your interests here. Do what you think is right and just.

Ya know, when we go in for surgery, they make us sign these release forms saying about all the known risks of surgery... even if it's surgery for a hangnail they'll list death and paralysis and everything else as 'known outcomes'... this is all done because after all is said and done, the body is not a machine, and unexpected things can happen. Mistakes can be made, and also no two bodies are exactly alike. It must be sooo hard to be a surgeon!

I'm hoping that you are fully recovered now and feeling good... and I know it's going to be a long time before you can get over the anger and disappointment you must be feeling. I'd like to invite you to come visit us over in the Aching Hearts forum to talk about this too. Why don't you come have a cup of with us when you get a chance?

I'm glad you found us, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you better.
s,
-Linda
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Unread 01-26-2003, 11:02 AM
Nobody told me . . .

I guess anything could be considered a risk of major surgery, but I sure wasn't told of anything like you're experiencing. I think if I were in your shoes I'd be talking to somebody who knows how to deal with insurance companies and well protected doctors, even if it was just to make myself feel better.

Joselle
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