You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
Aurora resident, David Armstrong, had been feeling sick for a couple of days and thought he had the flu. But when he started to have debilitating, stabbing pain on the right side of his abdomen, he knew it was something much more severe. “I told my son I needed to go to the hospital,” said David.
According to Steven Weber, MD, David’s gall bladder had become infected and died. The initial plan was to do a minimally invasive laparoscopy to remove the dead organ. But Dr. Weber soon discovered the disease had progressed too far. “Every time I grabbed his gall bladder, it fell apart,” explained Dr. Weber. That’s when he made the decision to perform open surgery. It took about three hours to remove David’s gall bladder, clean out the area and insert a drain.
“Dr. Weber is a fine fellow and great surgeon,” said David. “He stuck with it and did what he had to do. He went above and beyond. He saved my life.”
According to Dr. Weber, this is a big surgery for anybody. But it’s even harder for a 77-year old man. “It definitely helped that David was in such good shape,” said Dr. Weber. “Being physically fit aided in his recovery.”
In total, David spent nine days recuperating in the hospital. He had nothing but praises to sing about the nursing staff and the food. “My nurses were well-informed and very attentive to my needs,” said David. “And the food and foodservice was excellent. I’d give it nine out of ten.”
Today, the retired teacher and coach is fully recovered from his surgery. Not one to sit on the sideline, David is back to work at River City Sticks Lacrosse Club, teaching kids the skills needed to excel at this sport.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Steven Weber, M.D., General Surgeon