I was extremely disappointed in the care my mother received from Dr. Mark Rettenmaier.
When he met with me after surgery to deliver the bad news that he was not able to remove her cancer he did so with very little compassion.
He saw my mother one additional time which was when he deemed it time to remove her staples.
We questioned whether the wound would hold, even his assistant questioned if the wound would hold.
His response was we can steri-strip it closed if necessary.
The assistant proceeded but was shaking her head the entire time.
When the wound started to open he did in fact use steri-strips to try to hold her together.
Given how much ascites her abdomen contained, the strips didn’t hold long.
We had to rush my mother to the emergency room and then after she was admitted to the hospital Dr. Rettenmaier never came to see her.
It wasn’t until the next day that another doctor from the practice showed up to order wound care.
My mother passed 3 weeks later. Her cancer was significant enough that she would’ve passed no matter what transpired but perhaps it would’ve been easier if she wasn’t also dealing with a wound vac.