Frequently Asked Questions – Failed Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions - Failed Surgery

  • After the operation, discharge started and still continues even though it’s been two years.
  • I had my Rathke cleft cyst in the pituitary gland removed (through my nose) and one day after the operation, the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dripped from my nose and got a second operation (CSF repair surgery), but still CSF comes.
  • During surgery, my dura is said to be torn and repaired by a patch; thus forming granulation tissue…
  • I was re-operated, but because the bones were fused and could not be mobilized; my doctor said that he closed the wound without any treatment.
  • There is a swelling at the site of the surgery.

If I can listen to the patient, make an examination in detail, see all the films and blood tests, complete the missing tests, and read the discharge report or epicrisis (i.e. surgical note) given by the patient’s surgeon, then I may have an idea of what kind of an issue the patient has about the operation. After that, we will decide together how to help them.

  • They said that there were adhesions at the operation site and the granulation tissue may be relieved 50-60% with laser epiduroscopy.
  • The hernia has recurred; surgery was recommended; but I do not want to be operated upon.
  • Since I did not want the screws, endoscopic procedure was done again. Are my complaints normal?
  • After the operation, I did not have any pain relief; I want to have the prosthesis removed, but they say it’s too risky.

After a failed surgery, this is your last chance to finally recover. I do not know where and when your previous surgery was done, but I wish you had had the first surgery in a good center, by an experienced surgeon. I hope you are aware that this second operation is a difficult job and you shouldn’t spend your last chance just anywhere.

  • Is there a time that has to pass for the healing process, or is recurring of the paresthesia 3 days after surgery the signal of an unsuccessful operation?
  • Our surgeon says that there is no problem, but my mother’s foot is getting thinner and the loss of strength is getting even worse…
  • I cannot stand on my knees and I can hardly get up in the mornings, is it due to a fault in the surgery?
  • I had surgery on my lumber disc seven years ago, I had surgery again this year; and after a month I have a huge herniation again.

Before you decide that you had an unsuccessful surgery, or that there is an issue related to an erroneous operation, consider:
Did any of your doctors who recommended surgery not give you half an hour and not give you this opinion, written?
Did your surgeon who decided on surgery just wanted the MR images and did not want other examinations such as your dynamic x-rays – blood tests – electrical nerve measurements – computerized tomography (CT)?
Did you choose your surgeon who did your surgery with peer-friendly advice?
Was it the most important factor in your choice, the amount of money to be withdrawn from your budget?
The surgeon who did your surgery did not spare you half an hour to let you know what you will do, or not do, after the operation, right?
If your answer to the first 3 questions is that ‘no, he didn’t’; and for the last 2 it is ‘yes’; then beware. It is still not too late but the surgeon you will choose this time will be your last chance. Think again…

  • My pain still continues after surgery.
  • I had only a 70% relief by surgery for spinal canal stenosis…
  • Since I’ve been undergone surgery, my pain has increased instead of diminishing.
  • I can’t walk after surgery.
  • For lumbar disc herniation, I had open surgery 2 times and radiofrequency 2 times; but I still do not have any pain relief.

If you say, “I did not have post-operative pain relief.”; then you should ask yourself the following question: “What percent of my pre-surgery pain has diminished?” If the answer to this is 60 and above, the operation was successful and I’m sure that your surgeon had already told you that you should not expect a miracle. If it’s under 60, then you should ask the following question: “Do I follow my surgeon’s recommendations?” If the answer to this question is no, i.e.
If you have been offered a diet but did not continue, or have stopped doing the exercises recommended to you; then start right away. But if the answer to this question is yes, then consult a physiotherapist immediately and undergo the treatment that is recommended. If you are still unhappy with your condition a month after this treatment is over, then it is time to find an experienced surgeon.

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