A WOMAN was left in agony after surgeons accidentally cut a part of her liver while performing a routine operation.
Katy Marie Carey, 28, underwent day surgery to remove gallstones at Croydon University Hospital on November 16.
She was told the operation had gone as planned and, after resting overnight, Katy was discharged the following evening.
But within minutes of coming home she was doubled up on the floor in agony.
Katy, of Brockham Crescent, New Addington, was taken back to the hospitalâs A&E department that night but, despite undergoing an X-ray and other scans, doctors could find nothing wrong with her.
They told her the intense pain was residual discomfort from
the operation and, on November 19, she was again discharged.
She returned home but ended up laid out on the sofa for four days, during which time she was only able to eat half a yoghurt because of the pain. Katy told the Advertiser she called 111 and booked an appointment with an out-of-hours GP on November 23, only to be told she needed to go to A&E immediately.
While back at hospital for the third time she underwent further scan only to be told that the surgeons who had performed the original procedure had made a mistake.
âThey found there was bile leaking inside of me,â said Katy. âIt was only then that they realised they had cut a tube on my liver.
âThey said thereâs a little tube that comes off the liver, which doesnât look like much, and they accidentally cut it.
âI was told if I hadnât received treatment the bile would have caused blood poisoning and I would have got very poorly. I could have died.
My first thought was, if they knew this tube was there, why didnât they take more care? Why did it take them so long to notice?â
After realising what was wrong, doctors were able to drain the excess bile from Katyâs body and, with the help of antibiotics, she is now recovering at home.
A Croydon Health Services spokesman said: âWe are sorry that Ms Carey feels unhappy with her care; we are investigating the concerns that she has raised with us and will be meeting with her to discuss these issues.â
Bile leakage can be a complication in around one to two per cent of gallstone procedures, but Katy, who has made a formal complaint to the hospital, says she wonât be going back for day surgery in the future.
Katy said: âThe only [positive] thing I can say about this experience is the nurses were nice.â