Medical Questions? Ask a Doctor Online!
Thank you for your time, you have a valid concern regarding my lack of feedback. I have now posted feedback on the questions that have been finalized, I am new to the site and wanted to be sure this was a service that can be trusted and lived up to its advertisement (seems like it does so far!). I hope I have demonstrated a reasonable level of good faith.
I will try to answer your questions directly and in a manner that is understandable. But before I do please let me state that I am a 34 year old male that is not hell bent on suing or causing a medical professional to lose their licence. I want to know what my options are medically (if there are any, now with all the screws are in place) and if the actions taken by the doctor are legally actionable.
1. Why wasn't the surgery postponed?
I have no idea and the management level Representative for device manufacturer (name left out on purpose) was wondering the same thing.
2. Why do you think your new pain if from the modified rod?
Honestly, I am not sure if it is from the modified rod, all I really know is that post surgery, for the past 10 months I have been in alot more constant chronic pain in new areas. I haven't been able to get off of the perocet, which I get from my family doctor and I am not working. The surgeon cleared me from his care a few months after surgery saying pain would decrease with time. He said there is nothing more that can be done, as he primary concern was the screws were holding place post op.
3. Are you looking for a medical opinion that you can present in court during a malpractice suit?
If it came to that yes. But I dont think I am at that point yet. I understand that is something I would have to pay for, directly or indirectly through an attorney. I certainly would not try to use information from this site, it would be a more formal, legally binding opinion.
4. Have you contacted other doctors in person for an opinion? If so, what did they say?
After 8 months of constant followup with the device manufacturer I FINALLY got them to give me a name to another surgeon (who is familiar with this device) that might be able to shed light on this matter. The problem is that the consultation is 450.00 dollars and before I spend that kind of money I wanted to see what an expert on here thought. This appointment is scheduled for April 8, 2013.
5. Have you hired an attorney?
I do not have legal presentation as this point because I dont know if there is claim. I did seek some advice from one however, and he said he would not get involved until I found out if another doctor had a problem with the care I received.
I wont not leave bad feedback for a answer I didn't "like," and I thank you for your candor. There is a way to upload images on here, and I will scan my xray so you can get an idea of what the surgeon did. I will follow up with my upcoming appointment.
I have considered other methods to control the pain, it has been so difficult, because the joints seem to "lock up" as opposed to before the surgery, where the joints would "pop", while that was painful, this locking up sensation is horrible and stretching/ movement does nothing to help.
CLEAN "INSTALL" OF SAME DEVICE AT SAME LEVELS, SOURCE: MANUFACTURER
EXAMPLE OF DEVICE ON ANOTHER PATIENT, SAME PROCEDURE AS MINE
The last two images are the xrays a few months post op. If you download the images you can zoom in and out with windows picture manager.