Bait & Switch Back Surgery With Deception
Dr. Sebastian Lattuga from Long Island, NY took my active quality of life away from me on the day he deceived me.
On many office visits to my Orthopedic Surgeon, I clearly discussed with him that I did not want any kind of Major Surgery that required hardware with screws and rods fused in my back to correct a Bulging Herniated Disc L5/S1.
Bait: Doctors alternative that was discussed in his office, that a Minimally Invasive Micro Discectomy could be done. Small one inch incision, one hour or less surgery and be released from the hospital on the same day. I agreed and was so happy that I didn't have to go through any risky major spine surgery.
Switch: Instead of receiving a Minimally Invasive One Hour Or Less Micro Discectomy, this doctor did a major Laminectomy and fused the Bulging Disc L5/S1 with hardware, screws and rods which I absolutely did not want. If I was informed that the Minimally Invasive One Hour Surgery could not be done, I would have refused any surgery. In addition to the major surgery, I had serious anesthetic related complications and went into respiratory failure that put me into ICU on life support. Recovery hospital stay was five days with a painful six inch incision. Note: Decision by this surgeon to do a major surgery was not during the surgery. This doctor got approval from the insurance company for major laminectomy fusion surgery and not the less invasive surgery that we discussed in the doctors office.
I am in worse pain now then before the surgery. Second and third opinions shows that the surgery was not done right and requires corrective surgery which is to risky.
My last alternative for pain relief is a Spinal Cord Stimulator that is implanted with minor outpatient surgery.
Deception: This doctor did not get approval from the insurance company for the less invasive one hour or less surgery. He requested approval for a longer six hour major laminectomy fusion surgery. He was not honest with me, I was deceived and misinformed.
Hope this can save someone from going through the same ordeal.