I had cervical fusion and told the doctor under no circumstances to touch the more than two levels. I had four surgeons check all film and reports prior to my operation, all agreed. Against my wishes and all of the advice of other doctors he fused an extra level. My pain is now agony and in places I never had pain and at levels higher than before. The hospital lawyer refuses to give me anything I signed allowing this extended surgery to happen. In fact I sent the Doctor three letters, one certified, one faxed and one by email telling him not to touch that level. Can he operate on anything he wants when you are unconscious? He also put two screws in wrong and cracked my C7 vertebrae. The C6 screw is too low and fusion cannot occur. He forgot to put one other screw on that holds the plate.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional's negligence causes injury to a patient. Incorrect actions and inaction can both be forms of negligence.
Surgical malpractice occurs when a medical professional makes an error during surgery that was both preventable and beyond the normal risks.