Drop Foot after Fusion surgery
I had DDD and was advised to have a spinal fusion on L5/4 S1. I had a previous operation 6 years ago, partial disectomy, this was successful until last year when I had pain in my back and left leg. I had an MRI and the consultant advised the fusion. I live in the south of London and there are very few surgeons on the NHS who do this surgery. I had the surgery 14th Dec, woke up to find I couldn't move my left foot or lower leg with numbness. The consultant(surgeon) came on the ward and advised I should get another MRI......this was done and I was informed, the vertabrae were slightly fractured when the screws went in and the screws had "moved". I was kept in hospital and advised I had to have another operation the following wee (21/12) to see what had happened and to move the screws. After the 2nd operation, I was advised the screws had been moved and secured and a small bit of bone that had been resting on my spinal nerve, removed.
Two questions really, anyone in the UK know : despite me signing a consent form and being advised I may have nerve damage, can I take legal action against the surgeon? I would have thought a specialist surgeon would know : where to place the screws and also that the bone (degenerative disc desease) would be fragile, so surely he would have taken that into account when doing the first surgery.
Secondly, as I was left for a week with the screws & bit of bone on my nerve and had drop foot and numbness, my consultant says my drop foot will recover but it will take up to 18 months, has anyone else had these symptons after surgery? I have to walk with crutches as my left leg is not strong enough, the top of my foot, 3 toes, ankle and outside of my leg are still numb, my toes are starting to curl under my foor (I have been waiting a month for a splint from the hospital, going next week for it) I have been to the first PT session and given exercises to do at home, nothing excessive, just moving the foot with the help of the strap, clenching tummy, bum & pelviv floor muscles and leg bending up whilst laying down.
I feel the consultant is just fobbing me off, saying it will recover. My next appointment with him is in a few weeks where I will have an xray. He has also said they will do some tests to check the "current" between my foot and spinal nerve, not sure if this test will happen at the next appointment or not.
Any advice or comments would be appreciated.