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How Urgent is Surgery for Cauda Equina Syndrome?

How Urgent is Surgery for Cauda Equina Syndrome?The timing of surgery for cauda equina syndrome has been an issue of debate regarding the urgency of surgery in relation to the quality of the outcome and the nature of the patient’s symptoms.

The focus of debate

The questions of interest regarding surgery for cauda equina syndrome are:

The key factor in determining the answers to these questions seems to be extent of the patient’s symptoms at the time surgery is carried out.

In a nutshell

The key to surgery

Before decompression surgery for cauda equina syndrome can take place, there needs to be a definite diagnosis of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. This requires an MRI scan and medical professionals faced with a patient with the early signs of this appalling condition should ensure that an emergency MRI scan is undertaken.

Medical negligence

If a patient has been diagnosed with incomplete cauda equina syndrome, but delays in undertaking surgery mean that the patient’s symptoms deteriorate to ‘complete’ and the opportunity for recovery is lost, the relevant medical practitioners may be considered to have acted negligently.

If symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are not recognised as such and an MRI scan is consequently delayed leading to a poor outcome, again the responsible medical professional may have acted negligently.

Legal Advice

If you or a loved one are suffering with the effects of cauda equina syndrome due to a delay in diagnosis or treatment, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact us to discuss your experience with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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