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The procedure for my surgery was changed at the last minute as the surgeon had just returned from Germany having trained on this new technique on dead people, so I was the first. All I was told was that I was having an implant which was much better for me than fusion as there was less drilling and therefore it was gentler surgery. I was originally having 3 level surgery as all levels required surgery and I ended up having the implant removed and 3 level anterior cervical disectomy with cages.
I was told nothing about the implant itself and therefore I did not know it was metal or any of the possible side effects. My body rejected the metal and within 12 weeks my spinal cord was severely compressed again as a substantial inflammatory mass had grown around the implant which had to be drilled away before the Neurosurgeon could reach the implant to remove it. The implant is viewed as unsuitable by the majority of surgeons in this country (85%) and was not authorised for use.
AXA PPP have been very supportive and are assisting me with this. They have supplied the paperwork requesting authorisation from Surgeon the first dated 30 April requesting the Cervicore by Stryker disc which was declined and the second dated 1 May naming a well know disc ProDisc C which they knew would be authorised. I then have a copy of the letter to my GP written 3 days after my surgery and explaining what surgery I had undergone and naming the implant as ProDisc C. All paperwork has come from my medical records and my GP is aware of the situation. I had to have the implant removed. ProDisc C is not metal and I was given the metal Cervicore discs after they were removed.
Hi, yes it has been very stressful. Following the multi-level surgery I then had to undergo, to remove the implant plus have the surgery at the 2 other levels carried out, I have never recovered. The spinal cord was severely compressed once again behind the implants, plus the nerve root compressions at the other 2 levels had been left untreated for 2 years and so my spinal cord suffered too much trauma. I am now severely disabled due to this and I ran my own hairdressing business which I can no longer do and my youngest child who was 10 years old this January, has not had a functioning mummy for the last 3 years whilst this has been going on.
I have been left with a chronic neurological disorder caused by spinal cord trauma and although it is not terminal, it is progressive and I have to take a lot of medications to control the pain and nerve symptoms where the nerves have been irreversibly damaged.
Did you mean to say in your answer "This is a criminal offence which he 'should' or 'could' be sent to prison"?
Thank you for your response.