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Surgical errors implicated in Failed Back Surgery

For those New Yorkers suffering severe back pain, there are often few medical options and a host of horror stories associated with those options. The depression that comes with long-term pain and its isolating effects can be debilitating. Treatment with pain medication can result in dependence and associated problems. Surgery can sometimes lead to a worsened condition due to surgical errors or a misdiagnosis, and the result is often referred to as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

Among the causes are a lack of thorough screening of patients, a misdiagnosis of the problem causing the patient's pain, or surgical errors. These general causes lead to the more specific ones, such as hospital-acquired infections, wrong-site surgery, nerve root damage and hardware failure.

Diagnosis of FBSS is tied to the patient's experience of a list of common symptoms. This generally begins with chronic pain persisting after the surgery in either the same or a new location. Other outcomes may include a postoperative infection, muscle spasms, loss of mobility, areas of numbness that spread down the legs and increasing dependence on pain medication.

There are a variety of treatment protocols for FBSS, but patients may understandably find it difficult to place their trust in another doctor. One possible step for patients,who suspect malpractice is the reason for a worsened condition or continued pain is to consult an attorney with experience handling these types of matters. Such an attorney will review the patient's hospital records and obtain the opinions of one or more medical experts in an attempt to determine whether the actions of the surgeon and staff constituted a failure to exhibit the required standard of care.

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