Should I get a lawyer regarding re-curring back problems, that require more surgery?

Should I get a lawyer regarding re-curring back problems, that require more surgery? Topic: Case study board
July 18, 2019 / By Aisling
Question: I had a laminectomy & discectomy 17 days apart, now I've got to have a bi-level fusion, all within 6 mos., I've had more pain since surgery, than b 4 surgery. Then I just recently found out that the pain mgmt doc that my surgeon sent me to, that performed several epidural injections, myelogram and a disco gram, isn't even board certified to do that work, all he is , is a rehab therapist. A recent MRI, showed a re-herniation at the same level operated on twice, and they say my back is in worse shape now, than b 4 surgery. Serious answers only please.
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Trafford Trafford | 9 days ago
Before seeking the opinion of an attorney, you should seek an independent evaluation by a board certified spine surgeon. If they feel that there have been errors in your case then an attorney might be necessary. However, of all patients who have spine surgery approximately 20 percent get worse following the procedure, some requiring additional procedures. It may be that the original surgeon was trying to help you with the minimum amount of surgery possible. Recovery after a spinal fusion can be long and you will have possibly more pain in the process. Make sure you get a copy of all records and radiologic studies and take them with you to the second opinion. If the second opinion agrees with the care you have been given, then returning to your first surgeon would be appropriate, unless you have lost faith in their judgment. Be cautious before seeing an attorney, they will send you to their own physician who may not have the credentials to make a proper judgment.
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Trafford Originally Answered: Laminectomy surgery? Is the removed bone put back after surgery?
I had a lumbar laminectomy 6 months ago. They do not replace the bone or add any hardware. If they are going to combine a fusion along with the laminectomy, then there will be cadaver bone and plates/rods with screws. The statistics for this surgery are: 85% show marked improvement 10% show no real improvement but no adverse effects either 5% are worse after the procedure. And try not to be angry @ douglas. He thinks EVERYTHING is musculoskeletal in nature.

Redmond Redmond
Too many surgeries, too close together can be more harmful than good. The body and the area that was operated on needs sufficient time to heal before putting it through the same trauma again. Even though it's a different area it's still in the same vicinity as the other surgeries. That would be the first thing to avoid. So many surgeries too close together is not good. I'm not sure if you have a good lawsuit or not. I've heard of this kind of thing happening in many different incidences. Good luck!
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Matty Matty
A while back when i got into a car accident my back was hurting really bad. They told me that alot of times after back surgery your back will hurt worse then before the surgery. But yeah if you found out the guy wasn't even supposed to be doing that surgery then yeah id get an attorney asap.
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Joby Joby
Get a 2nd & third or even 4th opinion before you decide if you need a lawyer. try to get a doctor's certificate after seeing the other doctors. Good Luck. Hope you heal soon.
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Greg Greg
You have been through enough, you are WAY too young to have to deal with this stuff. YES, I would DEFINETELY check into an Attorney. What will it hurt, right?
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Duncan Duncan
dont do any more fusion ...i went here to avoid it. http://www.getadr.com/ wait atleast 6 months before you consider going under the knife again. with adr it is not uncommon to get results like this http://nymag.com/nymetro/health/bestdoctors/2005/11964/
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Duncan Originally Answered: Back surgery? I could REALLY use some help?
I've posted the following a few times for other people with questions. I hope I'll answer the things that have you concerned. Let me talk about the hospital stay. You'll have meds to help with the pain. You'll start out with stronger meds and then wean yourself from them over time. So, yes, it does hurt, but you shouldn't be left hurting. The size of your scar depends on how many vertebrae need fusing and the technique used to do the fusion. A four-level fusion will have a smaller scar than a 12-level fusion. Some surgeries (probably not yours) need both anterior and posterior (A/P, or front and back). Lastly, some people may be candidates for "minimally invasive" techniques. So, this is a hard question to answer without knowing more about your situation. Your hospital stay will probably be between four and seven days. Teens typically heal quicker than adults and so their hospital stay is less. As for what they do, each case is different. Here's one possible scenerio. Its incomplete as I'm describing things pretty quickly. The amount of time spent doing things will probably differ. Maybe even the order that things are done will differ. But it will give you kind of an idea of what happens. Just take it with a grain of salt. You'll arrive at the hospital early to check in. You'll change into your gown and get an IV hooked up. You will talk to your nurse(s) and perhaps a couple of other staff members. You'll then get put to sleep (injected through the IV that you had put in earlier). The operation then happens. You'll wake up, probably in the ICU, but possibly in your hospital room. Probably on the first or second day after surgery, you'll be shown how to sit and then stand. You'll be able to take walks up and down the hallway but you'll tire quickly. Your IV will be removed in a couple of days as will the catheter you've had in you since the surgery. You'll be allowed to go home once your stomach starts rumbling, you're eating, and going to the bathroom. When you are in the hospital, your scar will be checked by a doctor each day. You will feel like a truck ran you over for the first couple of days. Once your body starts to recover, you'll feel better. When you wake up from surgery, your bed will have a machine that gives measured doses of pain meds (morphine or something as effective). You're self-medicating, so if you're hurting, just hit a button. The machine won't let you overdose yourself, though. You'll be weaned off of the meds from the machine and given oxycontin (or the like). This is what you'll be taking for the first few weeks you're at home. Bottom line is that you'll be hurting, but you'll be given pain meds to take care of the pain. They'll do the job for you. It still takes two months to be doing basic things. You'll be cleared to do more things at six months. At one year, you'll be able to do about anything you could do before the surgery. Take it easy. This is major surgery. It takes a while for the spine to fuse. Complications can include infection, nerve damage, non-fusion, paralysis (very rare). There's a couple of things, off-topic, that will make life easier for you. o Make sure you has a robe in case you gets up in the middle of the night when the house is colder. The surgery may mess up your body's temperature control. o Get a toilet seat extender so that you don't have to squat as far. These also have handles and certainly made my life a lot easier. Since your chest muscles are fine, you'll be able to use them to raise and lower yourself. o It might be nice to get a "grabber" which will help you pick things up from the floor. o You may or may not have a walker when you get home from the hospital (probably not, but...). I did and discovered that I had to meneuver through the bathroom door sideways because the walker was too wide. This works, but it may be a bit more difficult. o You will be sleeping an awful lot. This is a combination of your body needing rest and the pain meds knocking you out. Expect it. o When I was in my bed, my wife made kind of a "nest" with pillows so I wouldn't roll out. I don't normally roll but I think it made both of us feel better. You might want to do the same. o It will be helpful to sit in a chair with arms when you're having his meals and is sitting at the dining room table. Since your chest muscles are fine, you'll be able to use them to raise and lower yourself. Please email me if you have questions.

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