Connecticut residents who are considering back surgery should understand the risks of the treatment before proceeding. Complications known as failed back surgery syndrome could leave a person with persistent pain in the same area or in new locations. Issues such as sharp and stabbing pains, restricted mobility and dependence on pain medications could result from back surgery failures.
Failed back surgery syndrome arises most commonly for two reasons. The procedure could create more pain when a patient is a poor candidate for it. A misdiagnosis about the source of pain could lead to a surgery that should not have been selected as a treatment. An inadequate physical evaluation prior to surgery could also contribute to a failure to detect issues that should discourage the choice to perform the procedure.
Even if a patient represents a good candidate for surgery, outright mistakes during the procedure could result in lingering pain and new problems. During open back surgery, scar tissue compression could afflict nerve roots. Heavy bleeding might impede the precision of the surgeon’s performance or fusion hardware could fail. Even surgery at the wrong location has been known to happen.
A person experiencing complications after a surgery might choose to have an attorney investigate the situation. A surgical error that results in a patient being harmed could be deemed medical malpractice in some situations. An attorney representing an injured plaintiff will need to demonstrate that the error constituted a failure on the part of the practitioner to exhibit the required standard of care. The attorney will often use the testimony of medical experts to support that assertion.