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Re: BAK INTERBODY FUSION AT L3-4 AND L4-5

Re: BAK INTERBODY FUSION AT L3-4 AND L4-5

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Posted by Sotirios Zygovistinos on November 11, 2000 at 09:28:48:

In Reply to: Re: BAK INTERBODY FUSION AT L3-4 AND L4-5 posted by bak 99 on August 21, 2000 at 23:13:23:

Hi my name Steve I haD bak cages on 03/18/99 I went to doctors from florida to georgia no one could help all my doctor kept asking is the sciatica gone i would say yes but i am in pain i left usa for greece where my family is so i can get with my children it a doctor trained in failed back surgery to find problem cages are moving he did flexion toparaphy. I am also 38 i have all most 99% same problems as you PLAese email: Sammy, I'm sorry to hear about your problem. So many people that have had these cages put in are in a lot of pain. Some people turn out just fine and go on to lead normal lives, alomst pain free. I hope you start feeling better, think positive. I no longer take any pain meds exept for the days when I can't stand it, which is hardly ever. They say I have a high tolorance for pain. Two docs have said they don't see how I do it, without blowing my brains out. I just say," not me, I love life." Here are my problems.

: I hurt my back at work, for three months doctors didn’t know what the problem was. Pain meds, anti-inflamitories, steroids, X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, and finally I’m at the biggest hospital in the state. Big university, don’t think I can tell you the name, good rep though, if I told you, you would know it. I get to see the best doctor they have for orthopedic and neural surgery. Work comp carrier thinks I’m a fake. Back is killing me; both legs burn very bad, left foot it tingling not so bad. In the past I have had x-rays, MRI’s, pain meds, steroids all I could stand, you know. The new doctor looked at the old information and says L5-S1 DDD probably for two to three years, but he said “at work you crushed the disk” it is completely desiccated, to the point were it is almost bone on bone. He does not think that epidurals will help but we should try them, so two epidurals and a selective nerve block latter (and more pain) he said “fusion” for L5-S1 and I said “I will think about it”, he says “not much to think about if you want to be on disability”. He has the best results with the cages, “it will be a good fusion. I can get rid of 85-90% of you back pain, and all of the leg and foot pain”. “I will think about it”, he says “ don’t think long, it will take about eight weeks before I can do the fusion.” So eight weeks latter, I’m fused. It feels like I have been broke in half, oh god the pain. I go home after two days, WITH A WALKER!!! Four days latter legs burn so bad I cant stand it. So I call him, he says “it’s ok, not out of the ordinary, if it is the same in a week call me” So I did, he says, “maybe the cages have moved. Come in and we will get a CT scan.” He says, “The cages look good, hang in there.” Two days latter I get the first infection, he said “its ok, nothing to worry about, its only the size of a eraser at the end of a pencil. Use peroxide and a Q-Tip” but its in my incision. “I think you need to send a sample to the lab and give me Anti-biotics.” He says “oh no, its nothing, don’t worry about it.” Three days go by and no infection. So every seven to ten days I get a little infection for SIX MONTHS!!!! In the fifth month he gives me a anti-biotic, a weak one, for seven days, but nothing to worry about, still using peroxide every time I get a infection, After the six months no more infections. So in the mean time I have two more epidurals, X-rays every six weeks, and one more MRI, because the pain in my back, legs, and foot, hasn’t gotten better, BUT FUTION LOOKS GOOD, with all the pain I still go to PT two to three hours a day with lots of walking at home, its been seven months. Doctor says, “Go to work in five days, light duty, its ok.” I think he’s nuts, to much pain. The next day my incision is sore, OUCH! Six hours latter I have a knot the size of my fist. The local ER says “it’s infected, see your surgeon” I go see him and he’s MAD AT ME!!!!! “It is not infected, your ER does not know what they are looking at, it is not draining so it is not infected, and your incision has herniated on the inside.” “NO IT HASN’T DOC, NOT AFTER SEVEN MONTHS, YOU KNOW THE HISTORY” he says “Yes it is, see my partner in three weeks, he’s on vacation, go home” The next day I go to a DIFFERENT ER. That doc cuts me in two places, one inch long and an inch and a half deep, and down inside toward my groin two inches, ITS INFECTED. Send samples to a lab, prescribe anti-biotics, and refers me to a general surgeon. The next day it’s worse. I go see the general surgeon, he cuts me three inches long, a inch and a half deep, and two inches down inside toward my groin in two different directions, oh ouch more pain, both of these docs do it in the ER without any pain med, OH PLEASE GOD. Doctor sends samples to the lab, two anti-biotics, I go home. Nurses come to my house twice a day to change the packing; it must be left open to heal. One day latter I feel terrible, very sick. My temperature is 93. Nurse says, “Not good, very bad, see the doctor.” NO SH*T!!! He puts me in the hospital for Abscessed staff infection. He guts me like a fish. Five inches, you don’t even want to know the rest. I go home after two days, he says “nurses change the packing for two times a day, for five to six weeks” but in three weeks it’s healed. He says, “you must be very healthy, you’re a very fast healer.” I think this is your surgeons fault but I can’t put that in my report.” HE SAVED MY LIFE, THANK YOU DOC GOD BLESS YOU. My old orthopedic, you know FROM THE BIG UNIVERSITY calls me at home and says, “I hear you had a abscess.” NO SH*T DOC F#CK YOU DOC “but Mr. ______ I did not do this to you, its not my fault” “bull and you did nothing, remember doc you said noting to worry about, oh it nothing, peroxide and a Q-Tip for six months, thanks a lot. Remember when I said cure me or kill me, I was kidding about the kill me part. I will not see you anymore.” He says, “Oh no, don’t do that, we are married on your fusion, I’m your surgeon.” “Oh no your not, bye doc.” Oh yeah F#CK YOU DOC. So now I see a doctor in occupational med, he’s not the best or at the biggest, but he listens to me and cares about what I’m going through. I had to see the work comp doctor last week. He says, “The Fusion never grew”, great a failed fusion. So now my occupational doctor is looking for the best he can find. We want at least two or three opinions, after eleven months I found out I have a failed fusion, oh boy how I love pain. So what do you think of my story. (Scares the H*LL right out of me) The doctors say the cages are destroying the bottom of L5 and the top of S1, OH DID I TELL YOU I HAVE A ARTERRY NEXT TO ONE CAGE AND IF IT MOVES TO THE RIGHT I WILL BLEED TO DEATH!!!! Doctors say I have no choice; I must have another surgery, great more pain. I have my medical records form the first orthopedic doctor now, and nowhere in it does he mention an infection anyplace ever, or that the fusion has failed. All it says is “incision looks good, fusion looks good”, time after time after time. I guess he was looking out for himself. Does anyone know of lawsuits over these cages or do you know how I can stick him for the infections. I am looking for a specialist for failed cage fusions in IL. Or close to it. I need your help PLEASE!!!

: To all posters Looking for info need help!!!
: I’m a 39year old man I have had a failed anterior bak fusion the cages are destroying the bottom of L5 and the top of S1. Left foot tingles, back is killing me, both legs burn very bad, dropped foot right and left. I also have altered gait pattern hip flexion on swing thru phase of gait. Pain in Both SI joints, pain in sacrum and infections in the incision for 7 months. Before the fusion my back hurt bad! Both legs did burn bad! Left foot did tingle. BUT NOW I AM DISABLED!!! THE PAIN I AM IN CAN BE UNBEARABLE. For me this DEVICE has ruined my life DOCTOR says IT IS THE DEVICE it’s failing a lot .I KNOW IT HELPS SOME? AND IT HURTS OTHERS? BUT IT SHOULD NOT DO THINGS LIKE THIS TO ANYONE. Yes people have had successful bak fusions and good for them I REALLY HOPE ALL OTHERS ARE SUCCESSFUL I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF LUCK GOD BLESS YOU. I think that all of these devices need to be refined more before they are allowed on the market. I did not agree to be in any test group for any type of FDA approval. I have read reports submitted to the FDA, I have read reports written by Doctors on other websites. I am not pleased with what I see. Some manufactures push to get these devices through the FDA. So I am searching for information, if you have any on these device please post or contact me at e-mail below. YES I will file a lawsuit I am getting close if you have any information on litigation for bak cages it would be appreciated. If you don’t want to give all the information all I would need is the state and county. Thank you.To all posters Looking for info need help!!!
: I’m a 39year old man I have had a failed anterior bak fusion the cages are destroying the bottom of L5 and the top of S1. Left foot tingles, back is killing me, both legs burn very bad, dropped foot right and left. I also have altered gait pattern hip flexion on swing thru phase of gait. Pain in Both SI joints, pain in sacrum and infections in the incision for 7 months. Before the fusion my back hurt bad! Both legs did burn bad! Left foot did tingle. BUT NOW I AM DISABLED!!! THE PAIN I AM IN CAN BE UNBEARABLE. For me this DEVICE has ruined my life DOCTOR says IT IS THE DEVICE it’s failing a lot .I KNOW IT HELPS SOME? AND IT HURTS OTHERS? BUT IT SHOULD NOT DO THINGS LIKE THIS TO ANYONE. Yes people have had successful bak fusions and good for them I REALLY HOPE ALL OTHERS ARE SUCCESSFUL I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST OF LUCK GOD BLESS YOU. I think that all of these devices need to be refined more before they are allowed on the market. I did not agree to be in any test group for any type of FDA approval. I have read reports submitted to the FDA, I have read reports written by Doctors on other websites. I am not pleased with what I see. Some manufactures push to get these devices through the FDA. So I am searching for information, if you have any on these device please post or contact me at e-mail below. YES I will file a lawsuit I am getting close if you have any information on litigation for bak cages it would be appreciated. If you don’t want to give all the information all I would need is the state and county. Thank you.





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