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Offline sunysyde11

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Drill bit
« on: August 02, 2011, 03:24:09 PM »
I had total knee replacement.At my 6wk follow with Doc discovered that I have a broken off drill bit left in my leg,has this happened to anyone else?

Offline Fathead D

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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 03:44:16 PM »
Thats a new one to me.  Is the drill bit causing you pain?  Did it do damage in your knee?
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Offline amoler

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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 03:59:15 PM »
No offense, but it sounds like you need a lawyer at this point. I suspect leaving tools in your pateint qualifies as gross incompetence /malpractice
'77- Rt knee menicus tear
'90 -2nd menscus tear
'91 -failed arthroscopy/partial menisectomy
patella dislocation 10/ 2010
Dx = grade 4 chondromalacia + synovitis + Meniscus tear + lax strained medial ligaments
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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011, 04:29:26 PM »
I was going to suggest the same thing.  Where are you located?  My girlfriend is a malpractice attorney if you want to talk to someone about it. 
11/29/2010 Lateral Release left knee
1/2011 Cortizone injection left knee
4/1/2011 Lateral Release right knee
5-6/2011 Supartz injection series (5)
12/12/2011 TTT and Lateral Release repair left knee

Offline darsemnos

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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2011, 01:43:43 AM »
It's hard to imagine a doctor NOT knowing that they left it in there. Maybe they hoped you would never notice.


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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011, 04:35:49 AM »
Now that OS doesn't sound like the sharpest tool in the shed. :-\
Sorry to hear that.
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06/09 Patella mal-alignment grade 3/4 chondromalasia both knees, PFS
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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2011, 02:06:19 PM »
Thanks everyone for your replies, at this point I'll look into it further to see what my options are.

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Re: Drill bit
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2011, 03:39:14 PM »
You need a second opinion right away and then an attorney.

Every hospital operating room has an instrument count and check to see that no broken instruments are found before the "close" the patient and that all instruments used are accounted for.  Something went very wrong, I remember once time my orthopedic surgeon showed me photos of his drill in my knee whilke he was cleaning it out but those photos were taken by surgical cameras for his purposes, he just wanted me to see what he had done.  But to leave something in the knee is not normal.  You owe it not only to yourself but to others to see an attorney once this is confirmed, not only to be compensated for your next surgery but to protect other patients from this doctor who is a danger to others.  Go get em, and best of luck