Mum left with plastic tube in her stomach for a year after gastric band surgery leaves her in agonyA Midland mum was left in agony for more than a year after a two and a half inch tube of plastic was left in her body after gastric Band surgery. Helen Reynolds, from Rugeley, was admitted to Manchester Spire Hospital for gastric bypass surgery in January 2014 following unsuccessful gastric band surgery the previous year. Two months after the operation the 50-year-old started to suffer from excruciating pain in her abdomen, which left her practically house bound. After months of debilitating pain Helen was left shocked after scans at Spire Hospital in Little Aston revealed that a foreign object had been left inside her. “I am flabbergasted at how this has happened to me,” said Helen, a Mum-of-one. “I suffered for months and months with excruciating pain in my stomach, which I can only describe as like labour pains. “My husband was extremely worried as I became very pale and looked ill.” Helen suffers from a condition called autoimmune condition called Sjogren’s disease. She decided to have weight loss surgery as she was concerned about her health and the arthritis in her knees. But after surgery, she needed a further operation in May 2015 – a full 16 months later- to remove the object which turned out to be a plastic tube left inside of her when she had a gastric bypass. Helen added: “I finally went to see a consultant at Spire Little Aston Hospital as my GP thought that I might have cysts on my ovaries and would need to have them removed. “I had a CT scan which revealed that there was a foreign body near my right pelvis bone – I was completely shocked.” Surgeon Professor Basil Ammori, at Manchester Spire Hospital, has since admitted his mistake and apologised for leaving the foreign body inside. But Helen has since instructed lawyers at Irwin Mitchell to investigate the matter further, to see how this oculd have happened. Raman Dhillon, a specialist medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office, said: “This is a devastating case that shows the lasting damage which simple avoidable errors can cause. “For two and a half inches of plastic tubing to be left inside Helen for an entire year is completely unacceptable. “This constitutes a ‘never event’ according to national Patient Safety Guidelines which recognises that such occurrences are unacceptable and completely preventable if the appropriate procedures have been implemented.” A spokeswoman from Spire Healthcare told the Mail: “At Spire Healthcare, our top priority is always the welfare and safety of our patients. We take this responsibility very seriously and set extremely high standards across every aspect of our hospitals. “Spire Healthcare has an obligation to protect patient confidentiality and is unable to comment on individual patient cases.” Read more…
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A 21-year-old who became the youngest person in Britain to be fitted with a gastric band is now adapting to life without it after the operation was reversed last week to save his life.
Emrah Mevsimler, from Chelmsford, Essex, was 13 and 17 stone when he had the surgery and admitted on today’s This Morning that he can barely remember a time before it.
The young man, who is now 10st 3lb, hopes his story will discourage others from having a gastric band – but admits he is ‘worried’ about regaining the weight.
The young man had the band removed in a lifesaving operation after it started strangling his internal organs.
Speaking of what it’s like to now be without the band, he said: ‘It’s so strange, I don’t remember how my body was before I was 13. All I remember is having this band since I was 13, it’s now like I am starting fresh.’
He explained how after years of discomfort he was rushed to hospital last week after suffering from abdominal pain.
‘My sister took me straight to A&E as I couldn’t bare the pain. I had some scans done and they took me for emergency surgery. They said if I had gone to hospital any later, it could have killed me because the band was strangling my organs,’ he said.
The decision for Emrah to be fitted with a gastric band when he was still so young caused controversy back in 2007.
However Emrah said he was ‘desperate’ at the time to have it done. He was being bullied at school and thought surgery was his only hope.
‘It was horrible being overweight, I was bullied every day and that created a vicious circle as I then went home and ate for comfort.
‘It got so bad I thought about suicide as I didn’t want to be here and suffering. Every time I looked in the mirror I hated my body and myself,’ he told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.
Emrah regularly ate more than 4,000 calories a day, gorging on sweets and fizzy drinks on the way to school before filling up on pizza for dinner.
He said he had tried endless dieting and exercise, but when that failed he thought surgery was his ‘last option’.
After having the band – which reduces the size of the stomach so a person can only consume small portions of food – he lost seven stone.
The schoolboy was left only able to swallow liquids such as soup, and soft food, including mince meat and mash. Some days were so bad he could not even hold down water.
However he admits that he should have explored other options to lose weight, and urges others to do the same.
Now he weighs 10st 3lb and with the band removed, he must learn how to control his appetite without it and continue to eat healthily.
Dr Dawn Harper explained that Emrah had to have the band removed following ‘rare’ complications.
She said: ‘I suspect what happened is the band, which is supposed to go round the stomach, had slipped and got caught so it was squeezing the bowels and obstructing that. This can cause acute abdominal pain. This can then cut off blood supply to the gut which is a life-threatening emergency.’
Asked whether Emrah should have been fitted with the band in the first place when he was 13, Dr Dawn said it was a ‘difficult debate’.
However she admitted that she could understand the decision given that he had been suicidal.
Emrah said he now regrets having the band and hopes his story will serve as a lesson to others.
He said: ‘I would recommend trying to manage being overweight in another way, I wouldn’t want kids going through what I went through.
‘I am feeling so much better now. Someone had to go through it to learn it’s not a great thing to have done, there are a lot of complications. Hopefully now young people will look at me and think twice about having it done.’
Days ago Emrah told MailOnline that the weight loss aids should not be an option for young people.
He said: ‘I think there should be a ban for under 18s. They shouldn’t be offered bands, there should be other things before you get to that stage like exercise.’