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Failed Surgery ?

BrentB66BBrentB66 Posts: 11
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
So, I had my Second Microdiscectomy 2 weeks ago and I'm feeling pretty good ! My first surgery was 6 months earlier and actually made my sciatic pain worse and the disc herniated again. Boy, what a difference a different surgeon at a second hospital makes ! Totally different outcome. One of the doctors who was in my second surgery told me later that they saw no scar tissue, no bone shaved away, and its almost like the first surgery never got done. He said I have an incision, but thats it - they didn't see any evidence of a surgery. What do you guys think ? Could the first surgeon done the wrong side ?


  • Do you have the surgery notes from the first surgery? Some OR's film all surgeries for their own medical mal practice and this could have been done in your case. I will tell you proving a medical mal practice is about as hard as it gets and unless those doctors are willing to testify for you, which most don't want to get involved, is very hard to prove. If this surgery has helped you and your doing fine, count your blessings, maybe it was a good thing if the other surgeon didn't really get the right side and saved you a life of pain issues, or even something worse happening. But the surgery notes would be the first place to start.
  • Thanks, Tamtam. I did request the surgical records. But, I am just happy that I am doing better and my goal is not to go out and file a malpractice lawsuit unless I would have a really good case. And you're right, these doctors don't like to talk. The intern did but the second surgeon didn't want to say much.
  • Glad to hear it is going well. Can i ask did this microdiscectomy relieve any back pain if you had any? thanks for any info
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