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Compensation for CES-R After Surgery

Compensation for CES-R After Surgery

The long-term symptoms of CES-R, or what is also referred to as complete cauda equina syndrome, can be utterly life-changing. If medical professionals are responsible for the delay in surgery which has led to this outcome, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Cauda equina syndrome

With prompt diagnosis and surgery, this appalling condition can be avoided. If diagnosis and decompression surgery are delayed, however, the unfortunate patient may be left with the following symptoms:

  • Loss of bladder sensation and the awareness of needing to urinate
  • Loss of bladder control, leading to leakage and incontinence
  • Loss of bowel sensation and control, leading to urgency or incontinence
  • Loss of perineal and sexual sensation and function
  • Loss of sensation and strength in the legs, leading to loss of mobility and possible wheelchair dependence.

What is CES-R?

The term CES-R refers to the point at which a patient who is developing cauda equina syndrome loses sensation in the bladder and experiences retention of urine (hence the 'R'), rather than the normal urinary process of recognition of the need to urinate followed by controlled urination.

This is often regarded as a turning point in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome. If a patient undergoes decompression surgery before they reach this point, they are more likely to make a good recovery. Their cauda equina nerves may recover from the compression they have been suffering and lost lower body function may return.

If diagnosis and surgery do not take place until after the point of urinary retention has been reached, the long-term outcome for the patient is likely to be more severe.

Diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome needs to be achieved as early as possible, at what might be termed the CES-I stage. This refers to incomplete cauda equina syndrome where loss of nerve function is not entire and the patient still retains some lower body function.

Medical negligence

If you are suffering with complete cauda equina syndrome or CES-R after decompression surgery, it may be that you were unfortunate in the speed with which your symptoms developed and medical professionals did not have the opportunity to treat you earlier.

However, if medical professionals had the chance to recognise and act on your symptoms before loss of bladder sensation, and failed to do so, they may be regarded as having been negligent.

Speak to a solicitor

If you are now suffering with the debilitating and life-changing symptoms of CES_R due to medical delays, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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