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Tlif surgery mishap

Started by runicwitch on 12/02/2010 1:31pm

After 5 or 6 years of chronic and worsening back pain, I decided to have surgery. My diagnoses were spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, and multiple annular tears plus history of herniated and bulging discs. The primary discs were L2-3 and L3-4. My neurosurgeon suggested a discography to determine if I needed one level or two levels done. He determined two levels needed to be done as L2-3 had a 10/10 concordant and L3-4 was a 9/10. Both discs are black on MRI's and both discs were/are pressing on the thecal sac, causing pain in my legs, tingling, etc. I had surgery on 11/19/10. On 11/29/10 I had my first post op appointment with his PA. I saw my own Xray before they did and noticed there were only 4 screws, not the 6 that I was told. When I inquired, the PA stated that I had was scheduled for a 2 level and he is not sure what happened. He left the room and when he came back he stated he cannot answer for the doctor, but that L3-4 had been operated on and not L2-3, which in all the testing was the worse of the two. The surgeon is on vacation until 12/7/10. The nurse told me there was no mention of L2-3 in his surgical notes at all so they cannot tell me why he did not operate on it. The doctor did not come in to see me after my surgery at all and I had a rather negative experience with the hospital. I feel I would not have known about this if I hadn't seen my own x-ray. I'm very concerned that I will still have much of the same back pain I had before the surgery and that I will need to repeat the surgery to address that disc. Has anyone had this type of thing happen? Any advice?

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