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Nerve Damage After Lung Surgery

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Nerve Damage After Lung Surgery

Postby Unwine » Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:21 am

I had an artery in my lung that for some reason got a leak in it and was leaking into my lung to the poin that I was coughing up blood. After several failed procedures the Dr decided they had to remove the larger lobe of my left lung.(I was in no pain at all before surgery) After the surgery I had numbness from my backbone to my breast bone on the left side with pain that I associated with a damaged rib. After several months of pain meds my general Doctor told me there was never any damage to my ribs in the front and I must be suffering from nerve damage. I feels like I have a broken rib, all the time, worse really.

My Dr prescribed Neurontin for the pain and it does help but it makes me dizzy and unstable emotionally, and after all that it doesn't take all the pain away anyway.

The surgeon never mentioned anything about possible nerve damage after surgery.

Is this a common condition or is it a possible malpractice suit? I'm not trying to just take, but I can't work fulltime as I am not able to wear underwear for more than a few hours at a time.

Should the surgeon have been able to avoid cutting/damaging that main nerve going around my side during surgery?

Thank you for your attention to this, I really don't know if I have a right to ask even. Everyone at the hospital was so very good to me during my stay. But its not the hospital that did the damage, it was the surgeon.

Thank you

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Nerve Damage After Lung Surgery

Postby Victorino » Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:49 am

Your guess that it was the surgeon who injured the nerve is probably correct. If you had gas anaesthesia it probably was not the fault of the anaesthethesiologist. But, try to recall how you were put under. In chest surgery often gas is not used, but be sure before you try to decide how this injury happened.

The pain and the numbness suggest nerve injury. The nerve could have been injured during one of the 'procedures' that the doctor tried before the removal of the lobe of the lung. Whether this is malpractice or not is hard to tell now. You should see a good malpractice lawyer who will ask an expert to review the case for him. Removal of an entire lobe of the lung is tough for the surgeon and the patient, and it may not have been a careless or negligent act that caused the nerve damage. It would have been a bloody surgery and so the nerve may have been obscured by blood. But the surgeon should take care to identify all the important organs and tissues he is cutting. So his operative report must mention the nerves and vessels through which he cuts. But your case is an 'iffy' one. So see a good lawyer who can help you decide.

If you hope to reduce your discomfort then you should see a neurologist. The neurologist may also be able to help you decide if you did become injured through malpractice. TRhe neurologist may not be able to do much depending on what kind of damage was done to which nerve. That will be something he will have to determine. Your lawyer may have a neurologist whom he uses, so ask him.

I hope you don't mind my answering some critics on your time. Critics are easy to come by, and I have developed a couple in the past few months. First, doctors will never completely understand how a lawyer must work. I am neither a doctor or lawyer, but I help lawyers with their cases. Often the true cause of patient injury may not be known until after serious work has been done by the plaintiff lawyer and his experts. However recently the use of Kruse Mesh during hernia surgeries has made that suspect in malpractice cases. Doctors who do not keep up with their reading will not know how many lawsuits have been filed because of infection, pain, bowel obstruction and other patient complaints after the use of mesh. So many lawsuit filings result from this rash of patient inury that 'class action' lawsuits have become common. That means that the use of mmesh is fraught with danger to the patient. Infection is the most common copmplaint. It results from mesh becoming a 'foreign' body and setting up the irritations that cause infections to flourish.

Now, you must be sure to see a malpractice lawyer. Ask your local Bar Association to help you find one. They may give you a list of the more successful lawyers. Talk to several before you settle on one. You need to know he has the time, the money and the inclination to carry a lawsuit through.
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