You undergo surgery and after leaving the hospital you have continued complaints of abdominal pain. Thinking it's normal, you ignore it for a day or two but it continues to get worse. You call your doctor's office and are told it is normal postoperative pain. Despite taking pain medication and resting, you get weaker, and your pain gets stronger. If you're lucky, you'll get to an emergency room to be evaluated.
When the doctors suspect that there is a hole in your bowel, you'll have to go back into surgery. If the contents of your bowel were leaking from a hole, you'll likely need to have part of your bowel removed and the remaining bowel sewn together.
The failure to recognize a bowel perforation is often grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York. If caught early enough, treatment can be effective although prolonged and distasteful. Those unlucky enough to get to a hospital on time, suffer the indignity of death from an unrecognized bowel perforation. Continue reading