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Old 01-11-2006, 02:00 PM   #1
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Wrong Procedure!

I am new to this site. I would like some opinions on what to do.

Short Story -
A GI surgeon was supposed to remove an external hemorroidal skin tag and treat a fissure, which was the reason for my consultation. Instead, he first performed a colonoscopy and scheduled a second procedure in which he removed 3 internal hemorroids without my authorization. I still have the external hemorroidal skin tag and fissure after two procedures!!

Long Story -
I was referred to a GI specialist by my OB/GYN. I thought that I had an external anal fissure with a skin tag, which was bleeding (After my internet research!). She thought that it could be a polyp and should be investigated. The problem had started when I was pregnant many years ago and reoccured after medications during a major surgery.

The GI specialist confirmed my opinion of fissure with hemorroidal skin tag. He said that he could not remove/repair it without doing a total colonoscopy. This seemed strange since I am 44 and have no family history of bowel disease. He would only remove the skin tag if I agreed to the colonoscopy.

First Procedure - Colonoscopy. Woke up from the procedure to find that he did not remove the hemorroidal skin tag or repair the fissure. As a kicker, the clinic gave me the wrong instructions for the prep and I vomited for days. He said that he had decided to remove the skin tag in his office, without sedation.

I was initially really mad, but since I had met my out-of pocket on my medical plan I wanted to get this taken care of this year.

Second Procedure- Remove external hemorroidal skin tag and repair fissure. I checked in (again) to oupatient surgery, since his office decided that they could not do the procedure there afterall. I found that my scheduled procedure was listed as band hemorroids and flexible sigmoidiscopy. I told the nurse and everyone I saw that this was wrong and I was not there for that procedure. I crossed out the procedure on the authorization page and initialled it. They were to alert the doctor. In the operating room, I told the surgical staff that I was there for external skin tag removal. They said that it could be originating internally, so this was the confusion. Suddenly I feel a scope being used and very intense pain for about 10 minutes. The operating nurse asks the doctor if he banded three and he says yes. Needless to say, I was totally unprepared for the afteraffects of banding three hemorroids and all that would entail.

I have reviewed the colonoscopy report and it said that I had very small internal hemorroids which would not need treatment. My clinic notes state that I scheduled an external hemorroidal skin tag removal. I am furious. I endured two procedures which were invasive, expensive and not a lot of fun. I still have the same problem I originally saw this quack for. I don't think that I have any grounds to go after this doctor, since I don't have permanent damage.

What should I do?
P.S. Thank you to anyone who took the time to read this incredibly long post!

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Old 01-12-2006, 04:53 AM   #2
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Re: Wrong Procedure!

I'd say start with the hospital administrator where you had the procedures done and perhaps end with consulting a lawyer and your state board of insurance. I'd be so furious--I'm furious just reading your post!

Old 01-12-2006, 05:02 AM   #3
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Re: Wrong Procedure!

I am thinking about talking to the hospital and/or an attorney. Talking about this stuff is all SO embarrassing and I don't know if I can do it. My husband said that I should. One of my client's is a medical malpractice attorney, so I could go to her if it wasn't so embarrassing. I also know the hospital administrator, unfortunately.

Thanks for your response. It helps to know that other people think that this was ridiculous.

Old 01-12-2006, 10:03 AM   #4
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Re: Wrong Procedure!

No need to be embarrassed. Surgery is surgery and a mistake is a mistake whether it's for a facelift or your hems. It's just another body part.

Old 02-17-2006, 06:15 AM   #5
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Re: Wrong Procedure!

purple,, this is a mess for you1 How did it turn out?
Also , didnt you have a procedure with Dr Jho a while back?
How is that issue now?
Take care,

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