Post op infections

My father had surgery for bowel cancer 10 months ago followed 48 hours later by a blood transfusion due to internal bleeding. His abdomen was packed with gauze for 4 days to stem the bleeding. Since then he has had multiple abcesses in the abdominal cavity which burst out through the wound. He goes back in for two weeks and is treated with high doses of anti-biotics and released only for the process to be repeated 5 days after the anti biotics finish. each time it is worse and he has had enough. We are desperate to find out if any one has had similar problems and overcome them, especially as the cancer op was apparently sucessful. thanks

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  • AnneCan
    AnneCan Member Posts: 3,673 Member
    Mark
    I am sorry your father has had so much trouble after his surgery. I cannot help you as I have not even had the colon surgery, but hopefully someone else can. Welcome to this forum.
  • herdizziness
    herdizziness Member Posts: 3,624 Member
    Me too
    I'm sorry for your father's trouble with the post-op. I've had colon surgery but I didn't have infections, so I'm afraid I can't help either.
    Just wanted to let you know, someone will come along and hopefully answer your question.
    Winter Marie
  • thxmiker
    thxmiker Member Posts: 1,278 Member
    infectious disease doctor pronto
    Get him to an infectious disease doctor pronto!

    You will probably need a referral from your GP or Oncologist. They should not have a problem giving this to you. I asked my doctor to have his staff call to get me in faster.

    I did not have my bacterial infection diagnosed properly for 6 months! Now I am on very expensive antibiotics for 3 months to combat the problem.

    Best Always, mike
  • JoyceSteele
    JoyceSteele Member Posts: 145
    Mark
    Hi Mark,sorry about your dad. I have never had this, but do feel that you go to an infectious disease Dr. too.. someone has to be able to solve this for him. Poor man. If for some reason that doesn't work, without knowing where you are or what your circumstances are, I'd also suggest checking with a cancer center. I've been going to Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for 2 mos now, and I KNOW someone there would be able to see you and help you. But it doesn't have to be Mayo Clinic. I hate giving advice, but in your case, do think you can and will find an answer and end to your Dad's situation. Best wishes, I will pray all works out, Joyce
  • meredithLS
    meredithLS Member Posts: 1
    Been there, done that...
    I was diagnosed at age 22 and had ALOT of surgical complications. They absolutely should NOT be sending him home with that type of complication... it is very serious! I had acidosis after my first surgery which was a total colectomy... they had to place a temporary ileostomy because they believed I had a leak.It is highly possible that is something he has been dealing with too. I had an abscess on my liver due to the leak and they drained it. But when they drained the liver it spread to my lung cavity so they drained my lungs, but that didn't work and I ended up having lung surgery. I might even try to find another doctor if yours isn't helping him... I hate to say it, but many docs are too arrogant to really listen to their patient... at least I had my fair share. I went to Johns Hopkins for my treatment because I had a hard time finding a doc here. Always listen to your instincts and speak up... it really does make a difference!

    Good lucky, I know the surgery/ treatment process is really difficult. My email is [email protected] if you have any questions or anything.

    -Reagan
  • ATHLETE21
    ATHLETE21 Member Posts: 5
    I HAD A SURGERY IN 2003
    I HAD A SURGERY IN 2003 THAT GAVE ME MRSA IN THE OPERATION ROOM AND THIS EVOLVED TO PERITONITIS,THEN SEPTISEMIA AND THEN PNEUMONIA.I BASICALLY WAS DEAD. THIS HAPPENED IN MAYBE ONE OF THE BEST HOSPITALS IN THE COUNTRY.
    THE PROBLEM WITH THIS ISSSUE IS THAT THE DOCTORS WILL NEVER TELL YOU HOW YOU CATCHED IT AS IN MANY CASES IT IS THEIR FAULT IN THE SURGERY ROOM. BEWARE OF THIS ISSUE AS IT CAN TURN INTO HELL IF NOT PERFECTLY IDENTIFIED AND TREATED.
    BRING AN INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST TO ASSESS THE CASE.ONLY THEN YOU WILL NOW WHERE YOU ARE STANDING. GOOD DAY.