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Biggest mistake of my sons life show details Biggest mistake of my sons life
Nov 9th, 2011

he performed two surgeries on child (1st was bilateral inguinal hernia repair)that was later told should have been done together, child was bumped for 2nd surgery(pyloromyotomy) and was then dehydrated and had a fever at the time of surgery (abdominal pyloric stenosis) pylorus was never cut during the pyloromyotomy surgery which was found when child was nine years old. Previous all incision sites were infected and the one for the pyloromyotomy was gaping open and obviously infected. Child was seen by Doctor Hoelzer whom was already aware of gaping wound and he had prescibed antibiotics over phone to prevent infection the day the child came home and told the mother to clean this open incision with full strength peroxide (which also is incorrect and caused more harm than good) as when given a sponge bath the open incision was found by the mother. Follow up appointment Doctor spent less than 5 minutes with child and said he may still need more antibiotics and that was it. Child was taken same day to another Ped. Surgeon who was alarmed that nothing was done by original Surgical Dr. Dennis Hoelzer to take care of this now totally infected incision site, he also opened the 2 incisions from the hernia surgery also done by Dr. D. Hoelzer and they were infected. Throughout this process Dr. Hoelzer remained uncaring, and inattentive, to this child whom was his patient, as a matter of a fact the parent had to basically plead with Dr. Hoelzer to see the child early for follow up as they were concerned. This child had many health issues due this "Botched" surgery in his short lived 14 years of life which in fact was the major factor in his passing. The parent also discovered when having tests done at A. I. Dupont (where Dr. Hoelzer was then a practicing surgeon there) that comments made by a nurse where she said "I bet he was one of Doctor Hoelzer's patients", when the parent asked why she said that (as this was never mentioned to this staff, child's surgeries were done at Christiana Care Hosp. when Dr. Hoelzer was practicing at that hospital)She (nurse) stated she had seen several children where he had performed surgery and he messed up. A neurosurgeon also practicing at A. I. Dupont & Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, made similar comments concerning this Doctor. The sad note here is this Doctor has been a surgeon since this event (also had a practice at Limestone Medical Center in Delaware & one in King of Prussia in PA.) in 4 major hospitals and in research had this occurrence where several child patients have suffered at his hands and yet he just moves to other hospitals and continues to practice medicine. I pray that he is stopped. When other Doctors and Nurses and medical staff are also aware and are verbal of all of these issues and children's lives are at stake, it is a disgrace that this Doctor is still allowed to practice medicine.