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    • Celeista
    • By Celeista 17th Apr 18, 7:32 PM
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    Negligence - Broken Screw in Spine Surgery
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    • 17th Apr 18, 7:32 PM
    Negligence - Broken Screw in Spine Surgery 17th Apr 18 at 7:32 PM
    1st surgery in 2014 PLIF procedure to L4/5 .... subsequent 'shadow' on x-ray was comfirmed as a broken 'failed' screw... with 2nd surgery to replace screws in 2017.

    Surgeon advised very rare occurence and hospital are requesting tests on the failed component.

    How long would it be acceptable to wait before asking the surgeon for answers ?
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    • BorisThomson
    • By BorisThomson 17th Apr 18, 7:42 PM
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    As long as it takes for the component to be tested.

    What you've described is a rare complication, your suggestion of negligence is far from certain.
    Last edited by BorisThomson; 18-04-2018 at 9:30 AM.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 18th Apr 18, 9:28 AM
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    • 18th Apr 18, 9:28 AM
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    • 18th Apr 18, 9:28 AM
    Even if the screw is found to have been faulty, I'm not sure that would amount to negligence unless you can prove the surgeon didn't take sufficient care in sourcing adequate equipment, but I'm no expert in medical negligence
    • Sncjw
    • By Sncjw 18th Apr 18, 12:35 PM
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    • 18th Apr 18, 12:35 PM
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    • 18th Apr 18, 12:35 PM
    Was it listed in the risks of the surgery.

    I wouldn!!!8217;t blame the surgeon. He has fixed the issue hasn!!!8217;t he.
    • Celeista
    • By Celeista 30th Apr 18, 8:01 PM
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    • 30th Apr 18, 8:01 PM
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    • 30th Apr 18, 8:01 PM
    No ... she has experienced more issues since... including a fractured vertebrae and needs a third and final surgical procedure ....
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 30th Apr 18, 9:12 PM
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    • 30th Apr 18, 9:12 PM
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    • 30th Apr 18, 9:12 PM
    A failed screw would be the responsibility of the manufacturer unless the surgeon mishandled it.
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