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Have you or anyone you know had 'complications' during surgery?

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People make mistakes, even doctors. When in surgery, they are called "complications".

Have you, or anyone you know, been at the receiving end of surgical complication?

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I had complications while trying to get fluid removed from my lungs a few years ago. I had three lung specialists arguing whether the procedure of sticking a large gauge syringe through my back, into my lungs, was needed to extract extra fluid. Turns out it was not needed, but by the time they figured that out, it was too late.
No I have not apart from when I was in hospital for a month with many bones broken and not allowed to move for a week.

Have had many procedures and only minor complications even with cancer.
by Finy
No I dont. I did see a lady on the news recently who was complaining that the hospital cut her intestine by accident and she got so depressed that she is just waiting to die.
There was another story of a lady who did a C-Section and the doctor left his cell phone inside. She found out when her stomach began ringing.
by Gia
Hope it wasn't a wrong number! Lol!
by donjo
I started to regain consciousness once during surgery as the anaethetist was trying to use a "light touch" and got it wrong. That was horrifying, as I was aware of what was happening but couldn't move or do anything to alert the doctors to the problem. Scary. In the end my panic sent my heart rate and blood pressure soaring so they realised and knocked me out properly and were able to complete the surgery successfully. It's left me with a fear of GAs ever since though, which is difficult given the state of my health and how many operations I need. The last surgery I had the top consultant anaethetist in the area supported by two other consultant anaethetists, to make sure I was ok.
I've had other, minor, complications during and after surgery but nothing to complain about really.
My mum used to work as the chief admin of a hospital though and she says the number of complaints about surgical mishaps was astonishing! The worst one she had to sort out was when a surgeon left banana peel inside a patient....
I run a birth trauma support group and a large international VBAC group. I know MULTIPLE women who have had terrible complications during totally unnecessary caesareans. I never had complications during surgery, but when I was unable to sit up unaided, 10 months after my first caesearean because the infection was still oozing, and I was still in agony, it's safe to say it wasn't straight forward.
Oh! meggf, that must've been absolutely horrendous for you! Ten months! Unbelievable!
Both my bubs were C-section, as couldn't birth any other way. No complications, thank God.
by donjo
No thank goodness!
Yes - ME! It wasn't fun.
Yes I have. I think this is a subject that is better left sleeping.
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