Spinal surgery is used to treat a range of disorders and conditions and can carry many benefits for the patient. Lumbar decompression surgery is a common type of surgical procedure used to treat conditions of the lower back when other methods have failed to be successful. The procedure can be used to treat sciatica, a slipped disc, fractures of the spine or spinal tissue damage. Spinal fusion is a different kind of procedure which involves the fusion of vertebrae to correct deformities and provide more stability.
Some people may be experiencing leg pain or numbness due to pressure on a nerve. In this case, a portion of disc can be removed to relieve the pressure on the nerves. These procedures have a number of benefits including relief from pain, better physical fitness, increased mobility and ability to return to work.
Spinal surgery error is uncommon but these procedures do carry a number of risks. These include a risk of blood clots, bleeding and nerve damage. However, surgeons will inform you of these risks and will weigh up the benefits to help decide whether you are a good candidate for surgery.
Risks associated with spinal surgery
Spinal surgery is a high risk procedure but these risks are explained to the patient beforehand and are weighed up against the benefits of surgery. There is potential for spinal surgery error in which case you may be able to make a medical negligence claim. Errors could include nerve injury causing paralysis, complications with the anaesthetic, damage to the blood vessels, lung problems or tissue tearing. If you think that you may have been a victim of medical error or negligence, then you can give Accident Advice Helpline a call to seek professional help.
How we can help you make a claim
Making a claim for spinal surgery error is much easier when you have our expert team on hand to help. If you have evidence of negligence and you have suffered an injury during surgery, you may be able to win a cash payout. Just call Accident Advice Helpline on our free 24-hour phone line – 0800 689 0500 – or take our quick 30-second test to get an idea of how successful your claim may be. We operate on a no win, no fee basis so your own finances are safe even if you decide to proceed with your compensation claim.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown