Tuesday, June 16, 2015

 
THE REAPPEARING GALLBLADDER
 
Well after a lot of doctors, specialists and radiologists studied the scans from before the original surgery nearly 4 years ago, and the scans and fluoroscope x-rays and MRI within the last month, it's official the other specialist was not joking when he said he was referring me for surgery to remove my gallbladder.

As I've noted, I've been very frustrated with the process.  But in the end given the impossible the doctors have actually been very sympathetic to my situation.  Really, what are the odds of someone needing a second surgery to remove their gallbladder? 

Because the entire thing is so bizarre, it has been difficult on the doctors to figure out what is happening.  So I got lucky when my surgeon of choice spent a lot of time with a lot of people reviewing all of the scans and x-rays - the consensus is my gallbladder was not completely removed just shy of four years ago.

BUT BEFORE I HEAR IT

If I could, I would not think twice about using the same surgeon again who did the original surgery.  As I have said before, we are not all the same.  People die during gallbladder surgery because of over aggressive surgeons.  Mine - and thank God - was conservative in his approach.  His surgery notes indicate he was challenged in removing the gallbladder because of visual problems.

We are not all the same.  Obviously even with an open incision, the placement of my liver with the gallbladder made the surgery a challenge.  A good surgeon, such as mine was, proceeds with caution.  A bad surgeon just starts cutting and hopes for the best.

So I am on my way to submit the paperwork to the VA to approve the surgery by a Edinburg surgeon who specializes in the liver and who in fact has coauthored an article on my unique situation.

I was not going to post this, but decided I wanted to post it to stand up for the doctors.

My original surgeon was brilliant in how he handled\ it.  I know how life works - there are people who will run to a lawyer and ask to sue for malpractice - I ask for what? - for not compromising my life and over cutting?  So he may have left part of the gallbladder in - better to leave part of it in, than to compromise my safety by over cutting when he is having a problem visualizing the gallbladder and bile ducts.  I am told I was lucky to have had him in the first place.  He was highly qualified in the liver. 

Scans are one thing, but once you are in there and actually see it, it is another thing.  I got lucky to have a surgeon who took the conservative approach, than a surgeon who was more worried about getting in trouble and just started to cut in hopes for the best.

So once the VA issues the authorization the surgeon who specializes in the liver, will schedule the removal of the remainder of my gallbladder.  The reality is, once he opens me up, he may find it is yet something else.

As to another scar - who cares? as it is, no one at the beach is calling out sexy when they see me, it is more like - "oh my God I need Dramamine to keep from vomiting."  When you are facing a challenge levity is the best medicine.
 
TO EVERYONE WHO LOOKS TO MALPRACTICE I SAY - TRY PUTTING YOURSELF IN THE DOCTOR'S SHOES
 
No plaintiff's lawyer wants me on a malpractice jury.  Doctors have an impossible job sometimes.  I have been a pain in the ass over this for several months.  They showed empathy for my pain and frustration.  But now we have the full picture and I am headed for surgery by the best.  I am beyond grateful to my surgeon of choice for giving up the fee and preferring a liver specialist proceed.  A lot of doctors would have put the fee ahead of my well-being.  He did not.  And that is what makes him so brilliant as a surgeon. You cannot be brilliant at everything, but a sign of brilliance is knowing you limitations.

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