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6 hour failed S1-L5 Fusion

BrentawBBrentaw Posts: 5
I originally had a bulging left side L5 disc caused by loading work computers in a car.
I heard a snap in my back while bending over and the pain was severe.
My whole left leg down to the large toe was radiating with crippling pain.
After seeing a neurosurgeon he found my spine had sometime throughs life shifted 25% off my pelvis.
Prior to surgery, I never had any problem with my right leg.
The surgeon not only trimmed down the left L5 disc, but he also trimmed down the right L5 disc.
The surgeon spent six hours breaking my back where the spine meets the pelvis had put a fake disc in between.
During the installation of the metal cage, he accidentally cut open my sciatica on my right nerve root.
After waking up from surgery, I noticed my left leg's pain was gone but now faced way worse pain.
My right leg felt like it was constantly being electrocuted down to the large toe from my lower back.
I never had a probably prior to surgery with my right leg but after surgery half of my right foot was numb. It easily gets cold or hot fast. Socks are very uncomfortable to wear.
The fusion where the fake disc was added between my spine and pelvis was a failure. The bone graph didn't take and during my February 2013 MRI one of the 4 screws looks like it is breaking off at the head.
The second neurosurgeon I met with in February, 2013 after seeing an CT-Scan he ordered not only showed the head of the screw breaking, but none of the bone graph around the fake disc fused.
The neurosurgeon also said I had major scar tissue around the surgery area that is also causing me crippling pain.

Basically after the failed spinal fusion along with the doctor accidentally slipping and cutting open my right L5 nerve root, I have been totally disabled and unable to work.
I can still walk and sit but for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.
My most comfortable spot is lying in bed as it takes the pressure off my lower body so I find myself lying on my left side for 90 percent of the day. Any type of bending with my failed fusion is excruciating and unbearable.

The sad thing is due to the severe pain I have been living with, I have to take a 20mg Oxycodone and one Percocet every 4 hours, otherwise it feels like someone took a baseball bat and swung it at my lower back. Without the pain medication I would be back in the hospital.
The more exercise I try and do aggravated my broken back and my sciatica swells up making me suffer more.

All in all, I lied in bed for a year prior to surgery suffering and it has been three years that I have lied in bed after the surgery suffering even more.
All 3 of my follow up appointments in 2010 after my surgery, my surgeon did not tell me once he accidentally damaged my right L5 nerve root that causes the severe pain that shoots swung my right leg and the numbness in half of my right foot and part of my right quad.
After a year when WCB cut me off saying everything was good, which it wasn't, they gave me my medical file when I lost my appeal, I read the operative report and it said that the doctor damaged my right L5 nerve root.
When I tried to confront my surgeon, he threatened me with a powerful lawyer if I ever communicated with him again.
I tried contacting all the high-end attorneys here in Calgary, but they are all affiliated together and my surgeon is untouchable by a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The second surgeon I saw in February, 2013 worked under my surgeon and he told me I had two options.
Option 1.). I can remain the same and suffer every day lying in bed but I can still walk.

Option 2.). Go for a second surgery that would be a dual fusion and at least 10 hours long.
Due to all the scar tissue from where the first surgeon operated would be dangerous situation that most likely would cause full drop foot in my right leg making it not function anymore and I would be confined to a wheelchair the rest of my life.

I would rather walk and suffer the rest of my life rather than losing the functionality of my bright foot and ending up in a wheelchair.

Altogether I have now lied in bed for 4 years suffering. The opioid-based medication which only seems to work for my severe pain as I tried other types of pain medication.
The sad thing is all the opioid use only allows me to go to the bathroom twice a week if I am lucky and is hard on my stomach with heavy constipation.

At this point I have found out from a few different family doctors if I continue to lie in bed past 5 years, I will die as my body will start shutting down. That means vibrates year left.

Any suggestions? Caught between a rock and a hard place.



  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 03/21/2014 - 2:44 AM
    Get another opinion from a neurosurgeon outside of the other medical group. No one should live in that Kind of debilitating pain. There are other specialists such as a physiatrist, PM Doc, etc that may be able to help you also. It's important to get your body moving so don't give up. I also recommend getting copies of all your medical records so you can stay informed. Continue to seek help and try other things. I hope you find relief.
    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
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