Spinal Surgery

Spinal Surgery Malpractice

Spinal surgery malpractice is more common than you think.

Spinal surgery malpractice is more common than you think especially as the U.S. population continues to age and grows more overweight perpetuating the need for more back surgery.

Here are some of the back problems that contribute to spinal surgery malpractice.

Spinal fusion is a surgical technique combining two or more vertebrae. Supplementary bone tissue is used in conjunction with the body’s natural osteoblasts process. Spinal fusion, when successful, eliminates the pain caused by abnormal motion of the vertebrae by immobilizing the vertebrae themselves.

What could possibly initiate malpractice spinal fusion? A certain percentage of fusions don’t heal as planned. This type of problem is called a nonunion which might require a second operation to get the bones to heal. Also, some fusions will take longer than expected to heal which is called a delayed union.

Hardware such as metal screws, plates, and rods are used in different types of spinal operations as part of the procedure to hold the vertebrae in alignment while the surgery heals. Sometimes the hardware either breaks or moves before a patient is completely healed. If this happens, a second operation to replace the hardware or remove it – is necessary. Surgery is always a risk. This might be an example of medical malpractice spinal injury.

Operations on the spine have some risk of injuring the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Spinal cord injuries happen from swelling, from the instruments used during surgery, or from scar formation after surgery. Injured nerves can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the area supplied by the nerve. Damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis.

Spinal misdiagnosis: Sometimes spinal surgery goes well but the patient still has pain…worse pain that before the surgery. One reason could be from a misdiagnosis in the first place. Failed back surgery syndrome unfortunately affects millions of patients who faced more harm than help and healing.