My question involves medical malpractice in the state of: Nevada
Hello. This is my first ever post on this forum. My question involves possible medical malpractice involving Open release carpal tunnel surgery I had in June of 2009.
I had open release carpal tunnel surgery on my right hand in June of 2009. The Neurologist who completed my surgery is renowned for being a very competent spine surgeon. He had earlier completed an anterior cervical fusion to remove two bone spurs in my spine. I had no doubts that when he recommended open release carpal tunnel surgery, that I was doing this for the right reasons.
My right hand had been bothering me for the previous 6 months prior to the surgery with minor & moderate numbness & tingling. I did not have too much pain. A nerve conduction test verified my nerves in my right hand were impinged.
My complaint with this neurologist centers on post surgery care. The only instructions were no lifting of more than 10lbs with my right hand for two weeks after the surgery. That was the extent of my post surgery instructions.
The surgery was completed & I did not notice any difference in my right hand.
The only thing I really noticed was the area around where the incision was made was painful & the mild to moderate pain in this area did not subside. I continually wore a restrictive right hand brace & kept it on for months after the surgery.
I saw my Neurologist three times for post surgery visits. I complained that the continual numbness & tingling were still present. After the second visit I was requested to do another nerve conduction test. The nerve conduction test only showed a very slight improvement over my pre-surgery nerve conduction test.
An example of what I have to go through, was two days ago I played baseball with my son & after only hitting one pitch, my right hand went completely numb & I could not even open a pill bottle until 12 hours later. My right palm was really painful.
I have switched to a Orthopedic Surgeon for my present care. I was going to physical therapy, which lessened the incision scar tissue. I did not notice any improvement in the numbness or tingling.
Right now, I still have continual numbness & mild to moderate tingling in my right hand. If I do anything stressful at all such as using a baseball bat, hammer, etc, I am pretty much guaranteed to get mild to severe pain in my right palm, thumb, & pain above the top digit in my thumb, index & middle finger.
I am a sworn police offier who is currently on medical light duty / my police officer powers have been taken away from me. I have been unable to complete defensive tactics training, firearms training & impact weapons training. I am very concerned I am going to lose my job.
My question is do I have any grounds for medical malpractice against the operating neurologist? I believe the post surgery care I received was very poor. I was not told to get physical therapy or to take off my right hand brace at the appropriate time.
I am now facing a second open release carpal tunnel surgery with no guarantees of any improvement. I do not know if the Neurologist might have acicdently cut other nerves when he completed the surgery or if due to continually wearing the restrictive brace, this impeded healing in my wrist / right hand.
Any qualified comments would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.