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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   ok, listen I don't have a lot of time to explain, so please just answer my questions as best as you can. ok, to cut a long story short me and my friend (he's 14, I'm 18) were building something in our garage. he accidently shoots himself with a nail gun. the nail goes in on his right side (naval level) about 3 inches. we ran him to the hospital, but they won't tell me anything since I'm not family. my questions are........
User :   1. is it possible it could have punctured his intestine?
User :   2. if it did puncture his intestine, would he need surgery?
Doctor :  
yes possible
User :   3. if he DOES need surgery, how long will he be IN the hospital for?
Doctor :  
yes if he has punctured intestine, he will definitely need surgery to remove the shot and also to repair intestines
User :   btw he is skinny. his waist is about 32 inches.
User :   ok, how long would he be IN the hospital, if it punctured it?
Doctor :  
if surgery is done it depends on condition of ur friend. it can be anywhere between 5 days to 10 days depending on possible complications also
User :   I've heard 3-4 weeks....... is that exagarrated, or no?
Doctor :   it could be necessary if there is extensive repair involved
Doctor :  
and if any complications have arised, he might need to
User :   I see........
User :   what sorta of complications?
Doctor :  
complications form your friend depending on his body conditions.
Doctor :  
complications of anesthesia
Doctor :  
complications from the surgery
Doctor :  
complications due to any infections
Doctor :  
which could vary from person to person and also from the type of surgery involved
Doctor :  
Is there any thing else I can help you with?
Doctor :   are you there?

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