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I had my spleen removed during bariatric surgery because the surgeon accidentally ruptured my spleen.  The surgery was in 2010 and I still have pain in that area quite often.  My surgeon says if I see another doctor about the pain he will drop me as a patient. Why would my spleen area still hurt and what tests can I have to find out what is causing the pain?

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Hi Melody,

A big RED flag is your doctors threats of dropping you.  Right there that is cause for concern.  No doctor should feel threatened by someone having a second opinion.

Sometimes nerves get injured or trapped, even with bariatric surgery.  You'd need an evaluation to determine if that is what has happened.

I suspect your doctor is afraid of a malpractice suit from his damaging your spleen in the first place.  You might consider speaking to a lawyer if you haven't already done so.  In addition, you might consider contacting the board of registration regarding the doctors demeanor.

Quite frankly the "drop you" statement is alarming.

 

 

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My spleen was removed in 1975 due to a car accident involving my mother, my aunt (who was at the ti.e pregnant with twins. Both babies were still born). I have a scar from the middle of my stomach down to my navel. It itches at times and I still feel pain every now and then even though its been 41 yrs since my spleen was removed.
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