Man Wants Hospital to Remove Surgical Clip

Nov 26, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KPVI-TV Pocatello

“If we have a patient with a concern, we address these concerns immediately, both in the best interest of the patients and for the overall improvement of care in our hospital.”

Posted: A man from Firth says he's been in pain since having surgery at Bingham Memorial Hospital and later finding out the doctor left a surgical clip inside of him. via KPVI-TV Pocatello

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Kar

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Jan 10, 2008
 
Is there any updated information on this story?
Bill

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Keep in mind this was a pretty biased story. Had the reporter cared to interview any number of doctors here or anywhere about this type of surgery, she would have discovered leaving a clip in is common place for medical reasons in this and other types of surgery. This guy sounds a little wacky to me. Probably sue-happy and entitlement minded. And no, I am not a doctor.
Kar

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Well while I can understand your views to some degree.
I must interject that he is not alone in his issue. I also have a surgical clip in me that has caused me issues for many years. They can cause issues as far as creating scar tissue and adhesions, which can cause pain. This is well documented, and not uncommon.
What is the issue is leaving something in your body that serves no purpose. It isnt attached to anything, therefore his body will continue to create and send white cells to attack the unwanted object.
Din

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Clip left in has caused pain,biliary problems etc. and still my gastro says it is no big deal. Maybe not for him but definitely for me and others.The operation report says all clips had been removed but radiology confirmed the opposite. I have neglected to sue since I am still alive and kicking and there is just too much of that.
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Feb 6, 2008
 
i doctor left post surgical clips in my throat from surgery they found them on my mri. are they to be there ?? i have problems with my throat pain trouble swallowing food and pills.
Jan

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Is there any reason that surgical clips should be left behind? I have 3.
Bill

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Why aren't you people asking your surgeon these questions instead of this web site? Or if you need a second opinion, go to another surgeon. Would you really trust the advice of strangers?????
NORMA

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I have had 3 clips left after having a hernia op. saw them on scan, asked dr to remove them he said was holding hernia in place could not remove them, am now attending pain clinic and been on morphine tablets , now on a diffferent one as morphine made me depressed and did not help these are not helping im on either the pain is as bad as the hernia and making my life hell i cannot bend or do things, its all in the area of the clips am at my wits end the quality of life is bad now, I feel so alone with this, also having problems with my bowls which i never had before this op have dificulitus they say, and have big problem with it never had before this op.either now telling me its my age?taken them 3 years to admit i am in pain.that is due to nerve damage they never mention clips until i said i had seen them on scan.dont know what to do ?
exposem

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Feb 16, 2008
 
Bill wrote:
Why aren't you people asking your surgeon these questions instead of this web site? Or if you need a second opinion, go to another surgeon. Would you really trust the advice of strangers?????
Her surgeon wouldn't necessarily tell the truth. Doctors protect doctors. She should go out of state. I don't mean an adjacent state, either. Far out of state.
NORMA

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Thank you for that I have tried differnt Drs and they are all covering for each other they get a letter from Hospital I had it done then,all change after admitting the surgeon did it wrong then they back track.they are relived to know I am at a pain clinic, but I am just a guinea pig, the nurse treating me said "his heart goes out for me".After paying to go private they said they would take a look , but they also wrote to the hospital I had it done at, and backtracked, that cost me 1,000 plus for nothing without remorgateing my home I have nothing left to pay. This is UK National Health System DRS DO COVER FOR EACH OTHER AND ITS WRONG I am a clear case of this BRITISH HEALTH CARE IS A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY I cannot be alone in this. I WISH I COULD GO OUT OF THE COUNTRY TO SORT IT I CANNOT BECAUSE OF MONEY AND THEY KNOW THIS.the Private sectar IS CONDONING IT ALSO thats my experience thanks for understanding
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NORMA wrote:
Thank you for that I have tried differnt Drs and they are all covering for each other they get a letter from Hospital I had it done then,all change after admitting the surgeon did it wrong then they back track.they are relived to know I am at a pain clinic, but I am just a guinea pig, the nurse treating me said "his heart goes out for me".After paying to go private they said they would take a look , but they also wrote to the hospital I had it done at, and backtracked, that cost me 1,000 plus for nothing without remorgateing my home I have nothing left to pay. This is UK National Health System DRS DO COVER FOR EACH OTHER AND ITS WRONG I am a clear case of this BRITISH HEALTH CARE IS A DISGRACE TO HUMANITY I cannot be alone in this. I WISH I COULD GO OUT OF THE COUNTRY TO SORT IT I CANNOT BECAUSE OF MONEY AND THEY KNOW THIS.the Private sectar IS CONDONING IT ALSO thats my experience thanks for understanding
Norma I can sympathise, I too am obtaining treatment under the NHS. Over five years ago I took ill at work and was rushed to hospital. To cut a long story short I have been in pain ever since and take a variety of tablets inc heavy painkillers which take a lot out of me. Suffice to say the medics say they can't find anything wrong although some of the test did show a congenital anomoly although they maintain it has nothing to do with the pain!! I have had a number of surgeries over the years and a recent x- ray has shown a surgical clip close to where the pain is. I had a recent MRi and felt a burnin sensation again in the area of the pain (& clip ) and was again told they didn't know why this could be. I have asked various doc could it be linked to my surgeries but they all maintain they can do nothing and I must keep taking the tablets. To be honest the thought of another 40 yrs of this is very depressing.

Has any body any ideas how to get this moving.
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i also have surgical clips and surgical staple that knicked my liver and caused a hemotoma in me. Anyone who says its no be deal has no idea what it is like- I am certain anyone who says it doesn't matter, let him/her have this done to them and see what they say then.
I went into surgery to remove my gallbladder and i came out of surgery with unwanted, dangerous metal pcs. in me that have already damaged adjacent organs. I am outraged and we all should be and try to stop this negligence!
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I had robotic prostrate surgury and constant pain after it. The pain was gravity based - every time I got up I was in extreme pain. Two cat scans and urinary scans latter non of the doctors had an explanation. After being told the pain was all in my mind and that the only thing I could do was see a pain specialist. Thank god for the morphine patch and pain killers. After 6 months of pain I was finally able to get a second surgical urologist opinion. HE stopped me after 2 minutes from telling my horror story and asked to see the the CD x-ray film. In less than 5 minutes he told me to get on the table as he wanted to do a cystocopy of the surgical site. He shoved the scope up my penis and let out a gasp. He turned the monitor around to face me and pointed out an large 3/16 by 11/16 curved object and noted the scar tissue closing off the urethra - neither were suppose to be there. Two days latter I was on the surgical table and the surgeon pulled out THREE clips of which two had perfurated the urethra. The bottom line is the clips speed up surgery, lower bleeding, and are required for robotic and laproscopic surgery. For less invasive and painful surgery you had better be prepared to rattle and clink as the clips move around. The problem is that the surgeons and hospitals fear that they could be liable for the clips removal. On October 1, 2008, Medicare will no longer pay for bedsores, falls, surgical clips, and surgeries to repair malpractice cases. If the private insurances pick up on this,heaven help us all. Don't plan on doctors and hospital to remove surgical clips that have gone bad when they have to pay for the surgery out of their own pocket. A lot of people will be told the pain is in their mind and for those that don't agree with pain killers for life the only recourse will be litigation. PS don't expect the clips to show up in the x-ray report because they are suppose to be there. Also, don't look at the hospital surgical records as they do not note the number and location of the clips. It's all a grand cover up to hide from medical litigation.
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Din wrote:
Clip left in has caused pain,biliary problems etc. and still my gastro says it is no big deal. Maybe not for him but definitely for me and others.The operation report says all clips had been removed but radiology confirmed the opposite. I have neglected to sue since I am still alive and kicking and there is just too much of that.
Who cares SUE!!!!!
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Yes, sue and become another one of the frivolous lawsuits that cause the rest of our rates to jump sky high. Spend all of your time in court fighting a case you won't win. Pay half of anything you get to your lawyer! Great idea!
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Whatever happened to compassion?
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KCF wrote:
Yes, sue and become another one of the frivolous lawsuits that cause the rest of our rates to jump sky high. Spend all of your time in court fighting a case you won't win. Pay half of anything you get to your lawyer! Great idea!
Skyrocketing health care cost can be attrbuted to illegal aliens and there anchor babies.
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until it has happen to you make no comment. your not affected your not in pain you dont have a clip left in your body without knowing. you dont have strange body pains of the unknown. for all those who answered negatively. try one you might like it and then can leave a positive response about surgical clips
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How can you not even think about the person, fuck the whole worrying about yourself and your money. This isn't about you. If it happened to you or someone you love what would you do? Really, would the whole money thing wouldn't matter would it. Pay half of everything my ass, if some idiot doc let a foreign object in me I sure as hell wouldn't pay anything. I don't know if suing is the right answer, but I wouldn't pay for the surgery, I think that deserves a freeby. That's why Doctor's have malpractice ins. They do fuck up, they should own their own mistake, and make it right and then mabey they won't get sued.
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I had robotic prostrate surgury at the end of January and am still recovering, due to the surgical clips. After taking the cathater out a week or so went by with no problems, then i developed uring in my rectum and gas from my penis. My urologist told me it was a fistula and sent me to a colon.rectal doctor to examine me. He found a hole in my rectum which he patched with a double rectal flap about 3 weeks later. When he was working on it he called up my urologist to see how he'd done the prostrate surgury and he said he'd used the clips, since he when he was patching my rectum he pulled a clip out. This went ok for a week or so until i developed another episode ow wattery bowels, and constantly oin the toilet to relieve myself. I then went for a second oponion and he had a cystogram done, dye in my bladder and take pics with a fluoroscope and discover I indeed had urine in my bowels but couldn't pinpoint the leaking area. My urologist then suggested going into my bladder with a scope to see if he could find the leak and fix it. Well he did and he also found a SECOND clip and cauterized the whole. THis seemed to fix the problem for several days but now it's returned with a vengence and i'm at my wit's end as to what to do. I contacted my urologist and he's consulting my colon.rectal doctor to see what the next step is. I've never seen a surgical clip but from what i've been told these are suppossed to disintigrate like stitches but apparently mine didn't and I'm concerned about how many more I have roaming arond near my bladder. I'm not angry with the doctors but I am furious about the clips not disolving

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