Irwin Mitchell has recently represented a case whereby the patient coughed up a surgical component 4 years after their operation.
The 71 year old male, began to experience neuropathy in 2006. Upon diagnoses, spinal surgery was subsequently performed at the Leeds General Infirmary, consisting of a vertebrectomy, insertion of a Synex C-cage and Vectra T-plate.
Some years later, the Vectra T-plate was removed during exploratory surgery of the vertebrectomy as the man had an ongoing infection. The cage was left in place however.
It transpired that the cage had not in fact been integrated into the residual vertebral body.
The man suffered difficulties with his speech and swallowing. Investigations for this included a Barium swallow (medical imaging procedure), which revealed that the cage had dislocated. No follow up action was taken.
In 2010, the man coughed up the cage after it had eroded the wall of his pharynx, causing him to suffer pain and distress. The man continues to have difficulty with swallowing certain types of foods, caused as a result of coughing up the cage.
With the help of Liam Riley from the clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell, the man brought a claim against the Trust responsible for the failure to identify the problems with the cage. The claim was settled out of Court for a four figure sum.
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