Hello, My wife and I are tourists from Poland visiting LA, my wife felt bad on Monday evening and after feeling serious pain for a few hours, we rushed to the hospital where after 2-3 hours of testing and CAT scan they determine that she have to go appendectomy. After the surgery was complete the surgeon called me and said that while they ware operating they cut (punctured) the Colon and some faeces "spilled" into the abdomen. Now, almost a week after the surgery she has some infections, and fever, also 3 days ago they decided to put a "drain" in the side of her body to release fluids.. My question is" How dangerous and how common is this mistake that they did ? and also will it have future risks or effects ? Thank You.
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During surgical procedures, certain complications may occur, and most often can be managed. The same is the case with your wife's condition. In a complication where feces are spilled, there may be an infection such as pertonitis and septicemia. These complications can often be controlled using antibiotics.
Although the occurrence of peritonitis and septicemia has been limited in recent times in the case of an appendectomy, once the infection is cleared with antibiotics, often there is no long term side effects.
Please do see your surgeon and physician for the proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
I wish your wife a speedy recovery and best of health in future.
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