Operation was on wrong part of woman’s spine

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Wellington
A woman who had the wrong part of her spine operated on felt her surgeon had “washed his hands” of her following the botched operation.
A report from the Health and Disability Commissioner released yesterday says the 51-year-old only referred to as Mrs A was experiencing worsening back pain, which left her dragging her left foot.
After an MRI scan, Mrs A had discectomy surgery on May 9, 2013, performed by a doctor identified as Dr C and was discharged two days later.
Mrs A later said while there was short term improvement, she experienced nerve pain and incontinence and went to the emergency department with back pain.
A later MRI review from another orthopaedic surgeon found Dr C had operated on the wrong level in her spine.
The HDC report was critical of the doctor for not seeking further advice from colleagues after the first MRI scan or communicating with Mrs A about further treatment.
The commissioner recommended a formal apology be given to Mrs A and that the doctor undertake a review of his communication procedures.
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