Pain of security guard, 70, five months after op failed to remove gallstone
A MAN claims he's been left suffering after a routine operation failed to remove a gallstone.
Alan Whileblood, 70, began to experience severe stomach pains in April and underwent the surgery at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham to remove the gallstones, as well as his gallbladder.
But he said tests at a follow-up appointment revealed one gallstone had been left inside him and he had to be fitted with a bag and a tube in his stomach to release bile.
Mr Whileblood, of Cottingham, said he expected to be back at work as a security guard after three weeks but he is still suffering five months on and unable to return to work.
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He said he has also lost 2st through stress.
Mr Whileblood: "They have taken the bag away but I still have the tube just in case.
"They were looking at putting a wire down to break the gallstone up but it's still there.
"The only way forward I can see is another operation but they don't want to do that because I've had surgery before and it's a risk.
"I'm really annoyed, it's uncomfortable and I don't know how long they are going to leave me like this."
Mr Whileblood said he fears his job may not be kept open if he is off sick for much longer.
He said: "I have just been putting up with it but I shouldn't have to. It's bad they've left it so long."
Dr Yvette Oade, chief medical officer at Hull And East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Castle Hill Hospital, said: "Mr Whileblood has spoken to our Patient Advice and Liaison Service team and we have responded to him.
"If he would like to contact us again, we will be more than happy to communicate with him directly. However we cannot comment on his confidential details in the media."