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Old 03-18-2005, 06:27 AM   #1
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Question buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

hi everyone, I was injured by a bus about 4 years ago, I ended up with 6 buldging discs, on my lumbar L4-L5. I developed spinal stenosis, pain and walking are just unbelievable. I had surgery in Pittsburgh by Dr.Daniel Wecht who said he would take out the buldge, remove the stenosis with a laminectomy, he had a bad day, he was running 3 1/2 hours behind in surgery. I should have left. 3 weeks after the surgery I had an infection which also gave me pneumonia, urinary trac infection, and congestive heart failure. Needless to say I am so afraid of another surgery however, Dr. Daniel Wecht left the buldging disc in my back. He just left it and will not return my calls, I only get his nurse. Does anyone here in Pittsburgh Pa recommend a good surgeon who could help remove the bulging disc, I just want some of my life back. Thank you for any help.

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Old 03-18-2005, 06:57 AM   #2
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

Please Get In Contact With Dr. Werries In Robinson Township. His Phone Number Is 412-787-7582. I Had Diskectomy Surgery With Him Approx. 8 Weeks Ago And He Is Excellent. His Work Is Superb And He Has A Great Support Staff. My Surgery Went As Well As It Could Go, And I Am Now Dealing With A Crushed Nerve That Was No Fault Of His. Anytime I Need To Speak To Someone I Have No Problem, And They Are Always Courteous. He Is The Back Surgeon For The Pirates, So You Know He Has To Be Good. Best Of Luck With Your Situation!

 
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Old 03-18-2005, 07:07 AM   #3
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

[QUOTE=gcbpgh]hi everyone, I was injured by a bus about 4 years ago, I ended up with 6 buldging discs, on my lumbar L4-L5. I developed spinal stenosis, pain and walking are just unbelievable. I had surgery in Pittsburgh by Daniel Wecht who said he would take out the buldge, remove the stenosis with a laminectomy, he had a bad day, he was running 3 1/2 hours behind in surgery. I should have left. 3 weeks after the surgery I had an infection which also gave me pneumonia, urinary trac infection, and congestive heart failure. Needless to say I am so afraid of another surgery however, Dr. Wecht left the buldging disc in my back. He just left it and will not return my calls, I only get his nurse. Does anyont here in Pittsburgh Pa recommend a good surgeon who could help remove the bulging disc, I just want some of my life back. Thank you for any help.[/QUOTE]

Oh my what a terrible time you have had. I do hope that you will seek a spine specialist whether neruo or ortho. An ortho spine specialist did my 10 level fusion here in Tennessee. Recommend you try checking out a doctor's background and whether they have complaints against them by going to your state's web site. Health department may be the licensing part of your state, if they don't have their own division. Get copies of your surgical reports and all films made so that anyone you see for opinions or treatment have your full history to work with. Sometimes may have to go to your hospital records dept as well as the doctor's office and any other testing facilities. Sign out film and no cost, but if your record is very large they may charge a little for copying it. Well worth it though. You can make additional copies in case anyone keeps any part of it. BTW, I signed my films out in 1999 and my current doctor still has them in the loan out folder and has not returned them to the original doc and hospital as he still reviews them against current status. No one has ever contacted me as they are the patients records.

Best wishes in getting in to see a good spine specialist soon and let us know how you are doing. You are in my prayers.

 
Old 03-18-2005, 07:15 AM   #4
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

Just a suggestion and by no means am I advocating anything. But I would 1st send the drís office a letter preferably have someone hand deliver it. Requesting every last bit of medical chart you have including all surgery notes. I would then contact the legal department at the hospital that this guy works for and nicely explain the situation that the surgery was not done correctly and that the dr will not return your messages.

Of course in the mean time please find another doctor, And get some follow-up treatment.

I am really sorry to hear about something like this happening but the best thing is to get all the information as to why the surgery went this way, how it did happen and then you can appropriately proceed.
Good lucks my thoughts are with you!

 
Old 03-18-2005, 07:39 AM   #5
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

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I would love to compare post surgical progress with you. I am 5 weeks out from my Diskectamy. So far I am experiancing what they call post surgical healing pains. I still have a radiating feelig in my but and calf. Its nothing compared to pre surgery. They tell me this is normal since my nerve was compressed for 8 months. Some days it is worse than others. Today wen I sneezed it gave me a little jab. that scares the heck out of me. Are you feeling similar post op things like this.

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Old 03-18-2005, 12:04 PM   #6
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

I want to thank everone who responded, you are all very helpful. I will contact the doctor you reccommended, from Robinson.
Regarding pain, my pain is worse now than ever before, the only thing is before surgery I could hardly walk at all and now I can walk slowly. I walk like I am in my 80's and I am only 53.
leg, hip and buttock pain is worse than before surgery, and now I am on heart medicine which I had no problems before Wechts surgery. I have done phisical therapy and went back to my chiropractor, I am on percocet and they don't touch the pain and then I can't function, I would do anything to get my life back, but don't know what I can do. I thank all of you and wish I would have found these boards before surgery. I wish everyone relief with their problems and pain.

 
Old 03-18-2005, 02:00 PM   #7
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

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its hard to compare our recovery because I got an infection from Shadyside Hospital and had to deal with all of that. As far as pain goes, its much worse than before, Dr. Wecht told me after surgery all the leg pain would be gone (didn't mention I would be on morphine to achieve this) and its worse. I really never thought I would reconsider surgery again but now I am. you are from Pennsylvania, did you have your surgery here and who was your surgeon. I thought I researched my doctor very well but obviouly I did not. He is not like his father which is too bad. good luck to you and let me know how you are doing.

 
Old 03-18-2005, 06:30 PM   #8
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

Hi, I know this will not help your pain but I would personally call the BBB
and the Medical Board and also the Attoney General's office and make you complaint so it is on file and these bad Doctors won't get away with things like this anymore. If a Doctor has very many of these complaints the medical Board would deal with these jerks. Then we could get them out of the operarting room. I hope you will feel better soon.

P.S. Make a copy of each one and if you want you can call back about updates on this problem...

Good Luck
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Old 03-18-2005, 07:05 PM   #9
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I really hope that you are able to find a doctor in your area who will be able to help you. So many of us know the agony of the pain you are in. I would consider taking legal action against the doctor who messed you up. Good luck to you.

 
Old 03-19-2005, 05:19 PM   #10
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

Miss Idaho and everyone, thanks for the advice, I intend to call Dr. Werries on Monday. how can the BBB help me? I did not know that they were involved in doctors at all. also, in pa we have a law that states all hospitals must report hospital acquired surgery related infections but they seem to get around it. Shadyside told me they do not have to report my infection (enderoccous) reason being I can't prove I did not have it before surgery, keeping in mind that 4 days prior to surgery I had a complete physical at their hospital that included blood, urine, chest x-ray. Dr. Danniel Wecht when I seen him for my follow-up told me I must have had it before surgery, when I pointed out that I did not he just shruged and said nothing. When I asked him why he left the buldging disc, he just said, " I just did", it is really upsetting when 7 months later I have all this pain but I aplogize I am venting.
This site is so helpful, it does show you no matter how tough you are having it, so many out there are suffering more. Thanks again to everyone.

 
Old 03-19-2005, 05:55 PM   #11
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

I had to turn in Blue Cross because they kept me from having surgerie which I needed for 6 mo's. The BBB keeps track of them too. But the Attorney General's Office is the best way to get things done. You can make a official complaint and they will write a letter to your Doctor and he will have so many days to comply. After a 2nd opinion from another neur-surgeon and the letter from the Gen Attorney's office I was in surgery 3 days later. You see my surgery would have been paid @ a 100% and they were trying to hold out till Jan 1st. so I would have had to pay all my out of pocket all over again. I would turn your Doctor in a heart beat and call a lawyer that will do it on contengentcy.

 
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

Today Is Monday 3-21. I Hope You Do Well With Dr. Werries. He Is A Great Surgeon And I Hope He Can Help You. I Was Referred To Him From My Comp. Nurse After The Original Doctor I Had Did Not Treat Me Well. I Honestly Feel If Anyone Can Help You It Will Be Dr. Werries. If You Want To Use My Name, You Can Tell Him Greg Pike Referred You. He Is Excellent!! My Prayers Are With You!!

 
Old 03-21-2005, 01:30 PM   #13
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Dr. James Kang, Monefuer Hospital (spelling Might Be Wrong). I Think It Is A Branch Of Presby. He's In Oakland.

 
Old 03-22-2005, 09:09 AM   #14
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

thanks alot, I looked up Dr. Werries and here is my concern, he is with UPMC and since I picked up the infection at UPMC Shadyside, I am scared to death to go back to UPMC, I know you can pick up an infection at any hospital but my experiece there was so bad I thought I would try Allegheny General but only with Dr.Jho and its difficult to get an appointment with him. I was up all night last night from pain and I need to see someone else, but my fear is over riding everything. I know it not reasonable but I can't overcome it. Which hospital did you have your surgery, did you have any complications at all. Thanks again for all your help.

 
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Re: buldging disc-laminectomy -unsucessful surgery

Hi,

If the doctor you wish to see is at UPMC, have you asked his staff if he operates at other hospitals? Many have priviledges at several locations.

My ortho spine specialist's main hospital where his office is located, took too much time to approve the BMP procedure after the FDA approved it, and another hospital gave the go ahead. His secretary called to ask if I objected if he set my surgery up at that hospital because we could get in right away. With the pain I was in, I was happy to learn that he actually operates at four of the hospitals in Nashville's many. You might wish to check with this Dr. Werries staff.

Best wishes for better days ahead.

 
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