LSL Procedure Left Me with Arterial Bleeding
I was discharged about 5pm after the surgery. Felt...
- 2 Aug 2009
I was discharged about 5pm after the surgery. Felt okay. Within 4 to 5 hours my face had swollen to 3X it's normal size, the pain was excruciating and I had projectile vomiting in spite of the phenergan suppositories.
I finally called the doctor about 10:30pm, reached her answering service. The doctor called me back close to 11pm. I said (I am a nurse BTW) "my face is 2 to 3X it's normal size and the post-op instructions say the swelling doesn't peak until day 2 or 3. The pain is excruciating and you ordered Darvocet so I don't think you expected this severe pain. I am vomiting violently and can't keep the pain med down anyway even with the phenergan. I think something is terribly wrong". She said "Darvocet is a prescription pain med. I'm not giving you anything else". I was shocked speechless. Finally I said "the swelling, pain and vomiting are more than expected. Something is wrong" and she said "if you are still concerned someone will be in the clinic tomorrow" (a Saturday).
I went to the clinic the next a.m.after the scariest night of my life, unable to sleep because of pain, unable to lift my head off the pillow it was so huge and heavy. The 2 drs on duty found bleeding arteries in both sides of my head, right worse than left so that all the blood accumulated on the left side of my face.
Now, one yr later the left side of my face needs plastic surgery (moreso than before) because of the skin having to stretch to accomodate the blood swelling into the area. I still have numb areas on my face and can feel lumps of thick tissue.
A waste of money. Wish I had waited until I could afford a competent plastic surgeon. This female doctor and her partners are all ENT specialists,not plastic surgeons. Most clinics are ENTs.
Anyone interested in a lawsuit? I could have died with arterial blood pumping into my face and head! Please let me know if anyone is willing to pursue legal action.
Should be sued for medical malpractice, personal injury and suffering. Left arterial bleeders in both sides of my face.