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CES Decompression to Prevent Deterioration

A patient with cauda equina syndrome must undergo emergency decompression surgery to prevent any further deterioration in their condition.

If your decompression operation was delayed due to the actions of medical practitioners, you could be eligible to pursue a compensation claim. To find out more, please get in touch with us at Glynns Solicitors.

Decompression surgery for cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome must be treated with emergency decompression surgery. As the name would suggest, the procedure alleviates the nerves, removing whatever is pressing upon them. Normally this is a slipped disc. It so, part of the vertebrae will be cut away.

The operation is needed on an emergency basis because the longer the nerves are compressed, the more damage they will sustain. Decompression surgery will therefore prevent any further nerve damage. This is very important, as any dysfunction that is present before the operation could be permanent.

So if decompression is performed in the early stages of cauda equina syndrome, it is likely that there will only be mild dysfunction and the patient will enjoy a good outcome.

But if decompression surgery is performed in the later stages, the nerves will have suffered extensive damage and the level of dysfunction will be severe. Any deficit that is present before surgery will not improve. The patient can be left with devastating injuries, including bladder dysfunction and the loss of mobility.

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Decompression delayed by medical mistakes

If decompression is not carried out quickly enough and the patient is left with life-changing complications, questions may be raised about the level of care provided. It may be that surgery was delayed by the actions of medical practitioners for instance, because they failed to make a diagnosis, failed to arrange an emergency MRI scan, or failed to perform emergency decompression once a diagnosis was made.

If your current condition could have been improved with better medical care, you could be the victim of medical negligence. This would entitle you to pursue a claim for compensation.

Speak to a solicitor

If your decompression surgery was delayed, causing you to suffer a further deterioration in your condition, you need to speak to a solicitor. You could be entitled to claim compensation for the physical, emotional and financial damage you have wrongfully experienced.

We specialise in cauda equina claims and will be able to advise whether or not you are able to take legal action.

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