|Discussion in 'All Categories' started by Mitzi - Jul 6th, 2014 10:59 pm.|
|My husband underwent a laparoscopic repair of a paraesophageal hernia. The surgeon cut the artery to the liver and did not notify the patient and did not perform any proactive treatment for liver lobe atrophy.
The patient developed a severe abdominal abscess with communication between the colon and the bile duct. The infection came from atrophy of the liver, but the surgeon never told anyone and kept saying it was just a virus or maybe a normal collection of surgical fluid. After almost 4 months after surgery with weeks of antibiotics, the abscess had disappeared. However, the hernia repair has ruptured and the stomach is going through the hernia in the diaphragm again. The patient is 79 years old and active.
What should be done after surgery if an artery in the liver has been cut and the living will is atrophied? Should antibiotics or some procedure be done proactively to prevent this massive abscess? Also, would the abscess compromise the hernia repair by causing it to break down?
Thanks for your information.
re: Surgeon cut artery to liver by Dr.J S Chowhan - Jul 10th, 2014 3:53 pm
Dr.J S Chowhan
It is sad that your husband has landed in some post.operative complications. Liver is a very versatile organ and it has tremendous regeneration capacity. I feel once the abcess is treated by drainage/ antibiotics, it will regenerate and your husband will become normal. He may have to undergo repair of paraumbilical hernia again.
Dr J S chowhan
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