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Pedicle Screw Misplacement Possible Lawsuit

From: Randy W - on 04/27/2013 7:51am

What a long and winding road. In a nutshell: Disk/lamy L-5 S-1 Sept 2012. Doubled pain. Surgeon at Emory said my case was one in thousands. I should be getting better. Dec 2012: fusion, same levels. 80% of pain gone, but pain in my opposite side hip. After several days became horrific. Surgeon told me to just hang in there. Every two weeks I called to report the same pain level. Surgeon finally ordered a CT scan, which showed that a pedicle screw was touching a nerve. March 2012 surgery to remove screw. Pain actually increased. Late March: infection. Back in the hospital for one week, then self administered antibiotics 3x daily. Left hip and leg pan worsening. THAT's when I called an attorney, who is also a neurologist. He showed me on the films that the surgeon clearly misplaced the pedicle screw. It barely went into the bone and right into the nerve. I most likely have permanent nerve damage. Cannot function without strong pain meds. Business pretty much went under, facing bankruptcy. My attorney is relectant to even take the case. He said I was RIGHT--that the surgeon screwed up--but that doesn't mean I can win a case. Has anyone gone through anything like this?
Randy

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on 04/30/2013 9:50pm

Hi Randy, I am sorry for your troubles. I want you to know there is a whole lot I want to say to you. But, being online it is not smart to speak out so openly. I want you to know many people have gone through situations after surgery. Your attorney is right, you may not win even if your case is solid. Maybe talking to the medical board, without saying you will sue ect.... I am kind of afraid of talking in the open to you , keep us posted on your condition.

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on 05/09/2013 7:40am

I just went through my surgery too in oct...dickectomy...laminectomy and fusion...I am only getting worse...I don't know what happened....I can hardly walk anymore....I thought I would get my life back..Instead it made things worse....I don't know what to do..??

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on 05/19/2013 12:41pm

Hi Randy, I`m so so sorry for your pain. I was on the IV antibiotics at home last fall(it was horrible). That was from the surgery for the SCS. That SCS help great at first for my back and legs. Now it only works on my lower legs and feet (my sciatica). I wish you the best. I lost just about everything money wise. That go`s first than family next because were so unhappy. Just saying try to be nice to people that love you because they stop. Heck I wouldn`t want to live with me. Sam

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on 05/20/2013 5:53am

Hi, Sam,

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, the financial impact of back problems can be decimating. I actually started another business which requires less of my time. But the mental strain of staying "on top of my game" is to say the least a challenge. Would you recommend the SCS? I've heard some horror stories. ...I know what you mean about just loving those around you. It's hard for people to understand that you're under constant torture. Not to bitch, but I had a really bad night last night. My left hip/leg pain wakes me up all night. My favorite part of the day is making breakfast and lunches for my two young daughters. But I can't stand without suffering. So I have my wife take over. So I pop a pain pill, get my coffee, put my feet up and pray for the meds to kick in. I tell my wife that it's like trying to go through your day with a broken leg. And then you beat yourself up for complaining and then get angry at the doctors....you now the cycle. We have all had dark thoughts late at night. But then I think of my children and promise I will be around for them as long as possible.

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on 05/23/2013 7:00pm

I think Randy SCS should of been tried before the fusion. If I were you I wouldn`t have another surgery for a anything for 2 years see where you end up. You will get more used to your pain level. I always tried to get my life back for 3 years pre and post surgery. It just never happened. The SCS helps on the hips,legs and foot pain. That`s right now 7 months post. At first it helped on my back also not now. I`m on a high dose of oxy cotton. Make sure you get enough pain meds so u don`t have sharp pain all day. They say I get more meds that ppl get that are dieing of caner. I say isn`t it bad I`m living and only 51 in horrible pain. Sam

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on 05/26/2013 2:04pm

Ok, let me start with...I am now 37 years old! Now I have alot to say and I'm not sure if I can do it all in this setting!! But, like Randy said in a nut shell, I had a lower lumbar fusion! The day after the surgery the pain was so bad!!!! But, like the doctor said..I just had surgery! And I had never had back surgery before so who was I to say anything?! Other then I'm in alot of flippen pain and I mean ALOT!! My Husband asked a few questions but, everything seemed "normal" seeing how we trusted the surgeon an his words! I can remember saying to the Doctor a day couple of days later, that something didn't feel right!! And he kinda laughed an said "well you just had surgery"! I said NO! And even kinda snapped at him! An told him that something didnt feel right! I was told that after a few of days or so that I would be able to walk an should be walking a little at a time, well I still couldn't even stand up by myself an walk to the bathroom which wasn't very far it was a hospital room!! Well ok I just had surgery so this is normal I'm thinking!! Well about a week or so later I called and told them I'm in so much pain that its almost unbareable!! So I had x-ray taken, and well all looked good the doctor said! Gave me More pain medication, and sent me on my way!! Well this same thing played out for a couple months, I was in out of the ER and the doctors office! It was getting so bad and out of control!! I was so confused! To say the least!! I was in so much pain I cried everyday almost all day for weeks! And then I started being acused of abuseing the medication!! And mind you I had always had back problems but, taking meds wasn't a big role in my life!! So, to the point my family doctor was getting pist cause he didn't want to keep giving me pain meds. And I understood why!! But, what was I gonna do with this pain cause it was way to bad to stop taking it and over the counter meds. Didn't even touch the pain! So, my doctor gave me my meds. But, even those were not enough to even dull the pain anymore an one day I go to an ER and I really don't remember anything other then what I still call my Angel in white came got me and had me hooked up to IV's and had me down into get a CT Scan!! And with in a couple hours I had the head of the hospital sitting in my room telling he couldn't say what was really wrong but,he spoke with my surgeon an wanted me to go home and get my kids an whatever together an he will have me admitted that night.!! So I was!! And when I got back to the hospital that night I was hooked up to an IV and given Morphine!! So the next day finally my doctor came in and that's when he tells me that one of the screws in my back had broken and was lodged into my left buttock area!! I at the time was very calm I'm sure most had to due with me being on the medication but, really cunfused! My husband asked him many questions and told him that we wanted the screw when he was finished with it!! But, what got my attention was when he said he had "A FEELING" that this was going on but, SOME PEOPLE CAN LIVE WITH IT!!?? ( he was sitting at the end of my bed) ha I was pissed then!! And asked him why?? Why would he leave me like this if he had a "FEELING" this might have been the problem?? He just says well sometimes it just doesn't show on an MRI I am not A doctor and didn't know any better!! I didn't even know what questions I should have been asking!! This was back in 2006!! And now today even after "he fixed it" my right side is really bad my left is still bad and the nerve damage that has gotten so bad, it's ruined my whole life!! I lost everything!! I knew the dangers of surgery but, when it is ignorned then no one wants to treat you because they think of you as just another drug addict! Well let's just says its demeaned me an my family!! To this day I have a hard time even going out side and being around people because I feel that everyone has just thought of me as a drug addict! So mentally I'm screwed too!! Why? Why? Would a doctor let this go on for so long then turn his back on me? I never said I would sue! Or do anything of the kind, now this doctor left Ohio an god only knows where he is! And bothers me, cause is he doing this to other people? I don't know but I sure hope not!! I'm sorry if this sounds like I'm just trying to find someone to blame maybe I am, God knows I have beat myseft to death with this!! And it's wrong! I would like to hear what you have to say, so please comment!

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on 05/26/2013 2:40pm

Man did I sound selfish there!! I am sorry for all the pain and emotions you must have went thru!! I'm glad you shared your story, with all of us! As soon as I read it, it just made me cry! An I couldn't stop typing! Thank you Randy and I'm glad to read that things are looking better for you financially!!

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on 05/27/2013 8:42am

@Educateme and Randy, I really hope the both of you feel better. I am in the same boat. Multiple surgeries and I am having another one next month. There is some point you will feel better even if it is just a little bit and for just a little while. :)

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