The Fusion Procedure Of The C3 Through C6 Vertebrae Essay example

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As a result of the occurrence, the plaintiff, who was forty at the time of the occurrence, alleges that he sustained significant injuries to his cervical spine that required a tri-level fusion surgery. Dr. An performed that procedure on April 18, 2013, twenty-three days after the alleged occurrence. The plaintiff’s attorney is now claiming that the fusion failed and that the plaintiff is considering a second surgery.

The limited medical records that we have been provided begin on March 29, 2013, three days after the occurrence and indicate that the decision to proceed with the fusion procedure of the C3 through C6 vertebrae may had been made prior to March 29, 2013, however there is no indication as far as when the decision had been made. The records do indicate that the plaintiff had a history of upper and lower back pain, that he had been experiencing moderate to severe upper back and neck pain for many months as of March 29, 2013, and that he had been involved in a prior motor vehicle accident on February 1, 2012. The records also reveal mild to moderate degenerative changes in the plaintiff’s cervical spine as of March 29, 2013, which could support the existence of pain and discomfort prior to the March 26, 2013 occurrence.

Dr. An performed the surgery on April 18, 2013 and the post-operative diagnosis was stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal. Stenosis can result from trauma, but is more commonly associated with wear and tear during the aging…

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