Should I sue for malpractice or am I way off base? **UPDATE # 2**
I had a tubal 3 years ago after having my 3rd child. I was supposed to have had them cut and burned (they actually asked me when I said I was done having kids...gave me the choice of cutting and burning or clips), but found out that the doctor who did the procedure used clips instead of cutting my tubes. My tubal failed and we just had our 4th child 6 months ago and this time I had the Essure coils put in since my tubal had failed.
I went in for my HSG Confirmation test last month and the found that I had a "clip" floating beside my uterus not attached to my tube and the other clip was missing completely. Also, my micro-inserts from the Essure procedure had "fell out" of my tubes and were also just hanging out beside my uterus.
After apologizing the doctor doing the confirmation test told my he would speak with the docs that did both of my procedures and they would contact me within 24 hours. This was a Thursday, and I didnt hear back from the doctors office until the next Monday. I went in last Friday to see the doctor that did my Essure procedure and he told me that basically my tubes were just not normal, that they were very thin and delicate and thats why my tubes failed to hold the clips and that was why the inserts had perforated my tubes. He said there was nothing else to do but for my husband to get fixed this time.
Now, my hubby doesnt have insurance, and I asked the doc why didnt they just do a hysterectomy when they went in to remove all these metal coils and clips and he said absolutley not, that the stuff could stay inside me bc scar tissue would just cover it up and that there was no way for me to be fixed now...that I could have a IUD put in until we could save the money to have his surgery done. (not to mention the fact that I was "fixed" bc I didnt want to worry about BC anymore PERIOD.)
Now, I think this is pretty messed up. Not only are they not going to sterlize me, like I have paid them TWICE to do...and they are going to leave these coils inside me? I dont think the clips are a really big deal, but just from googleing about the coils, I found that the coils can possibly perforate your uterus or bladder and cause severe pain and complications.
Sorry this is such a long post, I just wonder if anyone had any advice on what I should do....should I just accept that my body is to blame or are they really blowing me off after really screwing up 2 different procedures on me?
Should I sue their asses or what? There are alot of details I had to leave out so this post wasnt 3 pages long, but I covered the most important parts. This was a real comedy of errors..only its not very funny to me.
****UPDATE****** I didnt realize I had so many replies beacuse I had to go to work and didnt have time to get on the computer anymore last night. One thing I want to say though after reading a few posts is this....
I LOVE MY 4th MIRACLE BABY TO DEATH!!!! Of course we didnt plan on having anymore children, but I would never trade her in a million years. I was upset and cried when I found out, but all our kids are the loves of our lives. I would never consider abortion or adoption...I just raise my kids. We dont have alot of money and we really need to make more money now...but we love our kids and thank God for all of them every single day. I will update again after I have had time to read through all the posts and I will definitley let you everyone know what happens with the 2nd opinion and the attorney. I have to go to the hospital today to get a copy of my operating notes.
UPDATE 2- Well, I went and asked for my medical records from the hospital today so I can see if the doctor actually noted that my tubes were abnormal....and yes, when he opened me up and saw that the tubes were too thin to hold clips he should have cut and burned as requested. I am not a sue happy person, but I have paid for sterilization 2X's now and would like to be assured I dont have to deal with BC for the rest of my life. I feel so sorry for those of you who cant have children and think I am just being awful because I am upset about having another child and thats not it...I wouldnt trade my 4th baby for anything, but I cant keep brining kids into the world that I cant afford. Yes, I can keep my legs closed, but the fact of the matter is that I had surgery to prevent anymore pregnancies, and I know they are not 100%, but if the procedures are not done correctly in the first place, then what should I do.....and NO, i do NOT want metal and scar tissue floating around in my pelvis for the rest of my life. I dont think we should have to save money and get DH fixed because we cant afford to fix our central ac in the house because we dont make much money and yes we have 4 kids....why should I have to save $15,000 to get him fixed when the doctors were supposed to fix me. Only 1 clip showed up in my dye test, and it wasnt on my tube...the other clip was missing and the dr said the radiologist found it when he reviewed the films but idk if I can believe that.
I just hope when I get my medical records from the drs office and the hospital that they havent been tampered with to cover their asses. Wish me luck ladies. I will update after I et all my records and a 2nd opinion.
Thanks for all the support and advice and prayers!
Meanwhile here are some pictures of our 4 wonderful kiddos!
Matthew 16 years
Kaitlyn 9 years
Makenzie 3 yrs
Chelsea 6 mths