One of my dear friends in Az had VSG earlier this year. She's 25 and other than migraines no other co morbidities. She has had nothing but problems after the surgery. The first two weeks she had difficulties urinating and severe pain (more so than would be expected afterwards).
After several ER trips where her surgeon refused to have her admitted under his service and had them send her home as a potential drug seeker she eventually got a CT scan which showed she had a leak. Off to emergency surgery she went only to go home with a PICC line for antibiotics, a feeding tube, a drain to remove the gunk from he abdominal cavity and visiting nurse. Oh yeah she was also NPO for at least a good month. No sips of water, no ice cubes, nothing. She initially had difficulties tolerating the tube feeds and when she told the nurse all she could say is, "This is what your doctor ordered". From over 1000 miles away I had to teach her to hold her feedings for so many hours, begin again at half the doctor's original ordered and cut with plain H2O, and slowly increase again to the ordered goal rate.
We all thought things were turning around once the drain got pulled and she was finally tolerating liquids po and had been given the green light to start solids in small amts.
Lo and behold earlier this week Lindsey was rehospitalized with another leak, the doc tried to instill a stent but was unsuccessful, so he went ahead and placed a few clips, told her he doubted that the clips would hold, but dc'd her home anyway!!! To make things worse on his way out of her room he told her to feel free to find another ER/hospital to get treatment at!!!!!!!!
She called me this afternoon and was noticeably short of breath while talking to me and tearful, wanting advice on what to do. All I could do was advise her to go to the ER at the hospital where we both worked that is the large regional medical center and give her the name of a 'good' surgeon that I know of from my years of working in Phoenix.
I am so scared for her, and I can see that this is malpractice and negligence but suing this asshole is another fight for later once Lindsey is healthy again and happily enjoying her life with her hubby and beautiful little boy.