The other issue that I forgot to mention is their use of steroids and similar types of anesthetic agents in their spine surgeries and procedures. Of course, if you use those types of meds directly near the spinal nerves, it is going to cause the sensation of pain relief to be there, especially post op...but once those meds start to wear off, patients were complaining of increased pain levels, and on going increased pain...only to be told it was only inflammation and it would go away, or they were doing too much, to rest and take it easy...
Only that wasn't the problem, the problem was that the physical problem either wasn't addressed or they didn't completely fix the problem as promised.
The spine is a complex set of nerves, motor and sensory, and it is difficult for the best surgeons to determine what area of the spine or nerve roots is causing a specific problem, which is why MRI's , CT scans, EMG's etc, are all part of the large, complex picture of our spines, but the biggest factor in a surgeon's assessment needs to be what the patients says and complains of...even then , there is still the possibility that surgery won't work to relieve pain. In fact, any good surgeon worth his salt will tell the patient right up front, that surgery to relieve pain is unlikely to be successful...surgery should be done to repair a structural problem in the spine, not to relieve pain. If the patient is lucky enough that their pain is relieved some by the surgery, then they are fortunate...but it is not the reason behind the surgery. LSI promises far too much, and when things don't turn out as they say they will, they tend to be nowhere around. That's one of the reasons they try to get patients to give a "testimonial" before they leave the day of the surgery.
Motorcycle accident 1992, Back problems from 92 to 2005. August 2005- early 2006- Chiropractor care
March 2006- consult with surgeon -PLIF/TLIF L4-5, spondylolysthesis, canal and foraminal stenosis, multiple herniations
Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis