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    Low Albumin Levels

    Is one slightly low albumin level an independent risk factor for adverse results specifically after surgery on ischial ulcers? My ischial surgery about 20 months ago was unsuccessful. My albumin levels were normal before and after surgery (4.0g/dL, normal range 3.3-5.0). However, one blood test for albumin about 10 days after surgery was a little low (3.0g/dL) but I had been suffering from diarrhea for a week from the cephalosporin antibiotics they were pumping into me and I didn't get any food to eat for approx. 36 hours before that blood test.
    The doctor is now claiming that one low albumin level on that one particular day indicated I was suffering from malnutrition and that is one of the reasons my surgery failed. I say nonsense and that he did a lousy job on the surgery, pumped inappropriate antibiotics into me too long (for a non-infected small, clean and shallow wound) and caused me to get C. diff. colitis.
    I have since gone to another plastic surgeon about 8 months ago and he did the surgery properly and successfully.
    Any thoughts appreciated.

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    I am glad that your surgery was successful eight months ago. What is your goal now?

    pbr

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    I'd say no and he should have been ready to supply skilled help if C.Diff did hit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    I am glad that your surgery was successful eight months ago. What is your goal now?

    pbr
    Well, I would like to pursue a medical malpractice claim against the first surgeon. I have a well documented history of colitis and he still chose to pump IV Ancef into me for 8 days thereby causing me to develop C. diff. I complained about the bloody loose stool I was having for several days, one of his residents wrote an order to check my stool for C. diff., it sat in my chart and went ignored. I ended up developing C. diff., a toxic megacolon, had a subtotal colectomy resulting in an ileostomy. I also suffered a heart attack and two strokes due to prolonged low blood pressure. I pulled out of it ok but what a nightmare. Then to top it all off, the original ischial surgery repair failed just two weeks after being discharged which was about 12 weeks after the repair. It was a total disaster from the start.
    The malpractice claim would not necessarily include the failed ischial repair as I know the failure rate is about 40%.

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    All I can recommend is to access all your medical records from that admission and discuss it with legal counsel familiar with medical cases. Albumin levels is one of many points when considering the risk/benefit aspect of pursuing surgery.

    pbr

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