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study on spinal fusion surgeries - California_Help - 06-20-2019

https://www.mdalert.com/article/spinal-fusion-surgery-is-ineffective-costly


RE: study on spinal fusion surgeries - tbear6410 - 06-20-2019

Watched it.... the SCS was the last one... Too bad NY only gives you 2 1/2 years to file a Malpractice... I was always told the nerves take time to grow back when the SCS was removed... by that time, it was too late..


RE: study on spinal fusion surgeries - 1171 - 06-20-2019

Recheck the statute. Most states the time limit starts from the date of knowledge not the procedure date.


RE: study on spinal fusion surgeries - tbear6410 - 06-20-2019

My post should of been in Calf's other one... But the first picture in this link looks just like my neck... 2 rods, 12 screws..

1171... SCS was removed May 5, 2016... for about 2 years, that surgeon and his PA kept telling me how long it takes for the nerves to grow back.... plus the surgeon who did my neck can't understand WHY I still have nerve damage in right shoulder to my right hand... As soon as I can, I'll be scheduling an appt with my newest one and have him go over everything and see what he says..


RE: study on spinal fusion surgeries - California_Help - 06-20-2019

I put a link just to the spinal cord stimulator story to separate it out.

Many states statute of limitations is from the date you knew or should have known....and not the date of surgery. It sounds like you may have been mislead for a long time by your doctor. You are not the only one who had problems with that particular device, there were hundreds of adverse events reported. With only 1% being reported I would assume thousands of adverse events for that model.


What I do not like is some doctors are not telling patients what this surgery entails or the risks. Many patients are not being told for example that they do a laminectomy (remove bones covering spinal cord).

It also pisses me off when I go on the manufacturers website they do not list death as a possible complication. They leave that out.

I also don't like the fact that I have come across several patients who had complications after they were implanted with the device, but were told the complications were not related. Really?

I know these devices help a lot of people who have horrific pain. I just want patients to have informed consent about them and know the risks. I also don't want them gaslit if there is a complication.

The directions for implantation for doctors is available online. I think it is a good idea for patients to read those directions and be fully aware what the doctor is going to do during this procedure. Then patients can truly weigh it out.

You can ask your doctor for the make and model number of the device before being implanted with it and go on the FDA website to review the reported adverse events. If anyone needs help with this I will try to assist. Some of these devices have more problems than others. I would not recommend a new device on the market as it has not been proven.


RE: study on spinal fusion surgeries - California_Help - 06-20-2019

The article about fusions is talking about DDD and not all spine conditions. . There are serious and life threatening conditions that warrant fusions.


RE: study on spinal fusion surgeries - California_Help - 06-20-2019

(06-20-2019, 02:14 PM)California_Help Wrote: I put a link just to the spinal cord stimulator story to separate it out.

Many states statute of limitations is from the date you knew or should have known....and not the date of surgery. It sounds like you may have been mislead for a long time by your doctor. You are not the only one who had problems with that particular device, there were hundreds of adverse events reported. With only 1% being reported I would assume thousands of adverse events for that model.


What I do not like is some doctors are not telling patients what this surgery entails or the risks. Many patients are not being told for example that they do a laminectomy (remove bones covering spinal cord).

It also pisses me off when I go on the manufacturers website they do not list death as a possible complication. They leave that out.

I also don't like the fact that I have come across several patients who had complications after they were implanted with the device, but were told the complications were not related. Really?

I know these devices help a lot of people who have horrific pain. I just want patients to have informed consent about them and know the risks. I also don't want them gaslit if there is a complication.

The directions for implantation for doctors is available online. I think it is a good idea for patients to read those directions and be fully aware what the doctor is going to do during this procedure. Then patients can truly weigh it out.

You can ask your doctor for the make and model number of the device before being implanted with it and go on the FDA website to review the reported adverse events. If anyone needs help with this I will try to assist. Some of these devices have more problems than others. I would not recommend a new device on the market as it has not been proven.

My comments above are for spinal cord stimulators.