Not to threadjack you, but I know that my first back surgeon knew that he messed me up when he didn't decompress the rest of the spinal cord and I wound up with a multi level spinal cord injury. He kept telling me that it was all post op swelling and would go away, not to worry, etc, and that it "takes nerves up to two years to recover" knowing full well those nerves are never going to recover. By the time that I finally got fed up enough, like you that I went to see someone else and found out what exactly was wrong and that it would never "recover", I found out how close I was to the deadlines as well. My surgeon , once he knew that I knew exactly what was wrong, and that it wouldn't get any better, suddenly became so concerned about me and he was "going to do anything he could to make sure that I saw the best doctors", only lasted as long as he thought that there was time for me to sue him.....so I understand and I am truly sorry......
Seems sometimes they keep a patient around long enough that by the time you find out there is a problem, it is too late to do anything about it.....
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too