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Rare Post-op Infection

Postby Honorato » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:20 am

I'm in Illinois and in May '09 I had a Realize gastric band installed.  My surgeon had never discussed the Realize band with me and I assumed that I was having a LAP band put in.  Within weeks I developed extreme pain near the port site and the doctor said the port must be on a nerve and that he had to move it.  When he went in to move it in June he discovered the area was infected and removed the port.  He said the bacteria was "exotic" and had to wait to find out what it was.  A month later I was in extreme pain once again and his associate surgeon removed my appendix, which was later found not to have anything wrong with it.  In August I was diagnosed with a Mycobacterium abscessus infection and given antibiotics.  In November 09 the surgeon reinstalled the port on the opposite side of the abdomen which then became infected in December.  Since that point I've had over a dozen CAT scans, and half a dozen surgical procedures to remove abcesses in my abdomen.  I have suffered through ascites requiring drainage of over 3 liters of fluid from my abdomen and am currently hospitalized, following the removal of a granuloma from my abdominal wall, with peritonitis from this same mycobacterium.  My first Infectious Disease doctor said if this mycobacterium made it into my abdominal cavity it would most likely kill me and it's there now.  The doctors at the hospital I am at, not the one I was originally operated on, are recommending open surgery to try to clean out the infection since it is getting worse not better, but the surgeons here won't touch me and are recommending I transfer to another facility.  From what I understand, this infection is caused by a contaminant most likely from the original surgery, but it would be tough to prove.  With all I've gone through and am going through is there any legal remedy to this mess?
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Rare Post-op Infection

Postby Rennie » Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:39 am

Renee,

I strongly suggest you speak with an attorney in Illinois.  You need to find a medical malpractice attorney who has experience with infections.  An experienced attorney should have access to an infectious disease specialist who can opine as to the cause of the original infection.

I am sorry you are going through this situation and I wish you the best.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.
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Rare Post-op Infection

Postby Federico » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:33 pm

I'm in Illinois and in May '09 I had a Realize gastric band installed.  My surgeon had never discussed the Realize band with me and I assumed that I was having a LAP band put in.  Within weeks I developed extreme pain near the port site and the doctor said the port must be on a nerve and that he had to move it.  When he went in to move it in June he discovered the area was infected and removed the port.  He said the bacteria was "exotic" and had to wait to find out what it was.  A month later I was in extreme pain once again and his associate surgeon removed my appendix, which was later found not to have anything wrong with it.  In August I was diagnosed with a Mycobacterium abscessus infection and given antibiotics.  In November 09 the surgeon reinstalled the port on the opposite side of the abdomen which then became infected in December.  Since that point I've had over a dozen CAT scans, and half a dozen surgical procedures to remove abcesses in my abdomen.  I have suffered through ascites requiring drainage of over 3 liters of fluid from my abdomen and am currently hospitalized, following the removal of a granuloma from my abdominal wall, with peritonitis from this same mycobacterium.  My first Infectious Disease doctor said if this mycobacterium made it into my abdominal cavity it would most likely kill me and it's there now.  The doctors at the hospital I am at, not the one I was originally operated on, are recommending open surgery to try to clean out the infection since it is getting worse not better, but the surgeons here won't touch me and are recommending I transfer to another facility.  From what I understand, this infection is caused by a contaminant most likely from the original surgery, but it would be tough to prove.  With all I've gone through and am going through is there any legal remedy to this mess?
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