When I went into surgery I never saw my doctor, they had put me out, the surgery was suppose to take 1 1/2 hours, about 2 hours into surgery ( this is for a discectomy on L4-L5) the doctor went to the waiting room and apologized to my husband that he went in at the L1-2 and there was nothing wrong with the disc so he was taking xrays to find the bad discs, so back to surgery he went, I woke up in recovery in the worst pain ever in my life, it was hard for them to bring me too , I was in too much pain, I was fighting it. When I was in my room the next day the doctor came in and apologized to me for going in at the L1-2 and he said there was nothing wrong with those disc so he took xrays, he balmed it on that I am a big girl and it was hard to find the L4-L5...I am 5'7 and weigh 185, size 11, I am not obese or anything, but he is a spine specialist, is it possible to go to the L1 instead of the L4-5, I do not understand how that can be possible, unless he thought he was doing surgery on the L1-2....I only saw him 1 time before the sugery his PA handled all my appts and took notes for him. I called an attorney and he said he could not represent me because he is a good friend of the doctor, so when I went to get my staples out the doctor asked me why I was telling EVERYBODY that he cut into the wrong section of my spine and then he said that is not true. For a discectomy on the L$-5 I have an icision about 7-8 inches long and had 25 staples...should my incision have been a lot smaller then that??? Thanks for the help people, I am really confused. On 8/29/05 I fell of a surgical table, the bolt snapped and I was post op 4 days, they were remiving stiches, that doctor promised to take care of me, my 1st mistake was not calling an attorney then, now that I know I am injured from that fall I called him and his insurance comapny sent me a letter denying my claim because of the statue of limitations, so I left them a message today asking about the claus in the statue regaring not knowing about the injury until after the statue ran out, I did not know I was injured, this is all a big laugh on me for the doctors, now I know not to trust a doctor again.