I had a spinal surgery recently on L5 and S1. Part of it was to remove scar tissue from a previous surgery by the same dr. I am always insistent on knowing what will happen from the pre-op to post op and beyond. In this situation and always cognizant of pain management, I wanted to know what to expect after surgery.
I spoke at length with the PA as we went through the forms and was particularly interested in what I could expect for pain management after the procedure. As was the case with my previous surgery  in Jax and his PA, it was explained that I would be given a morphine IV drip. Had this not been the case and the answer was I would be given percocet pills, I would have most assuredly elected a different surgeon with pain management given more a priority.
I agreed to this elective surgery as the nerves pinched caused excruciating pain down my right leg, impairing walking, standing, sitting and sleeping. As I awoke from anesthesia, I had the discomfort of a catheter being removed (Why is this done, 3 of 10 various surgeries I experienced this, how were the other 7 able to remove this while I still was unconscious?).
I had no IV drip and was sent to my room for what turned out to be a 4 day stay. I had absolutely no pain medicine given and was screaming in pain to which I was offered and took a percocet. This had ZERO effect. I continuously demanded the IV drip originally discussed with the PA and I signed the paper for it. Next I was admnistered a small dosage of delotid which also had no effect on my pain level. I was told by the HEAD NURSE that NONE of Dr. 's patients had the morphine drip based on his policy, when in actuality all 3 or so of his surgeries that day did receive a morphine drip in post-op.
Though still somewhat under the influence of the general anesthesia, I demanded my Dr., Dr. , the PA and the head of the hospital  as I wanted them to at least see my pain and would have tranferred it to them but not for my infirmity and the fact they maintained more than an armlengths distance from me. Some two hours + after arriving to my room, I was given the drip that I understood would be in place in post-op.
To me this was completely unnecessary had they simply done what was necessary and agreed upon in my meetings prior to this surgery. Do I have any recourse for this torture I endured? I am not looking to get rich over this as I have never filed suit in my life, but this was as traumatic as any pain I have ever felt, which includes 3 hand surgeries (crush injury with permanent disfigurement to my dominant right hand, kidney stones and other surgical procedures). I do not wish anyone to endure this and would like to send a mesage that would prevent any future recurrence. Do I have any options or is this an acceptable practice?