Spinal surgery can be performed by either a neurosurgeon or a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. Patients with unstable spines due to degenerative disease (e.g. arthritis) or from traumatic injury may require fusion of a number of vertebrae to prevent further damage and/or in order to reduce pain. The delicate spinal cord runs through the centre of the vertebrae and can be easily damaged when the vertebrae are fractured or if one of the ‘discs’ (this is the cushioning material between the vertebrae) becomes enlarged.
If a disc becomes enlarged and puts pressure on the spinal cord, this is known as ‘cervical myelopathy’ or if lower down in the back, ‘Cauda Equina Syndrome’ (CES). If untreated by surgery to ‘decompress’ the affected area, the patient will suffer permanent injuries such as numbness, incontinence, impotence and problems with walking.
We have extensive experience with cases involving delayed diagnosis and treatment of CES and spinal fractures.
Our team of specialist lawyers within our Clinical Negligence Department specialise in spinal injury claims. If you or someone close to you has suffered a spinal injury, call Ison Harrison now for free advice on 0113 284 5745.« Go backContact us »