This complaint is from a long time ago, but after much reflection I feel it is time to have my say.
The surgery was performed at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington SC. The following is what I have I remember and what I have gone through since that day
In a word, I have been in more pain, constant pain since the surgery than I was ever in before surgery
The anesthetist was Dr O'Sullivan. (more about him later)
Jan 21 2011, I had Karl A. Lozanne, perform spinal surgery where he fused my spine from C-3 through C-7 .He went into my neck from the back side. I have been told numerous times since that it is better and widely accepted that going in through the front of neck is much better with less post pain and problems.
After I had been in surgery long enough for Dr.Lozanne, to have opened my neck, the intubation fell out, so Dr had to close and O'Sullivan had to re-intubate me.
Dr O'Sullivan I later learned had been put on medical leave for apparent brain tumor. Shorty after my surgery he was again put on leave after a driving accident. He passed away right after that from tumor.
When Dr.Lozanne, finished I was sent to recovery and then my room with zero orders for pain. I was given Valium. Nothing else.It took several hours to get Dr.Lozanne, to order me a pain med. Only when my family got to point they were going to take me out of hospital and take me someplace I could get care was I given anything. Also When I came to my room my left arm was extremely swollen and was purple color. I was unable to move arm or even hand the whole time I was in hospital, nor for months after.
I still have loss of muscle in L arm.
I still have not gotten any relief for the pain I had surgery for.
On December 21 2011 I went to S.E. Spine Center in Charleston SC and Dr Don Johnson went in through my neck and fused T-1 to C-7.
It was his opinion that this fusion should have been done with first surgery. He also felt it would have been a better outcome had Dr.Lozanne gone through my neck in original operation.
I feel Dr Karl A. Lozanne, failed me as a Dr, failed his oath as a Dr in several areas.
First he should have researched my type surgery and presented me with option of going in front or back and the expected outcomes long term of each. I was never aware of nor given any info to compare which I would choose.
Second, he should have known about the problem with Dr O'Sullivan and IMO not have had him in his OR
Third, he failed my completely post op with no medication nor any other means of control of my considerable pain. I think this had affect on my recovery then, and to this day I think it contributes to ongoing pain.
Fourth, and this is on whole hospital staff, Dr's and PA's
Their failure to address the lack of arm use! Their failure to address this issue caused me months and months of painful rehab, and to this day I still have lost 20% or more use of L arm.
Bottom Line. I will carry this pain and loss to my grave since no one can offer any way to fix what Dr. Karl A. Lozanne, messed up. His failures are my life story