Double fusion surgery?
My double fusion surgery (L3-L4, L4-L5) was scheduled yesterday for October 14th 2010. I have been thru every other treatment alternative and nothing has worked. My depression is getting worse from the constant pain. However, I find myself scared to death to have this surgery.
Originally I fell at work (06/22/08)and herniated my L3-L4 disc badly. The worker's comp insurance sent me to an Ortho surgeon. This Ortho surgeon did a discectomy at L3-L4 on 01/31/09. After the surgery my pain, numbness, and tingling increased. I found out months after the surgery through an MRI taken after my surgery and compared to the MRI prior to surgery, that this workers comp Ortho doctor had removed all disc material from not only L3-L4, but L4-L5 as well. To make matters worse, I found out that he had been reported six times prior to my surgery for messing up back surgies. Unfortunately, being this was workers comp, I have no action I can take against the surgeon nor the WC Insurance Co. They are protected by law.
Now I'm facing this double fusion surgery on October 14th 2010, and I'm scared to death! Even though this ia a nuero surgeon and through my private insurance, NOT worker's comp. However, after that last experience on 01/31/09, all I can think about is: What if this new surgeon messes me up even worse.
Can anyone help me get thru this up coming surgery? Perhaps give me ideas of questions I should ask this Nuerosurgeon? Please help me... thanks :)