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.

Didn't you sign consent

Didn't you sign consent forms? Puzzled

Apparantly you're not the

Apparantly you're not the only patient to have problems with him. Too bad you didn't check his ratings first.

http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/161905/Dr-Sebastian-Lattuga-New-Hyde-Park-NY.html

In non-emergent situations,

In non-emergent situations, when a patient consents to one procedure and another is substituted, you may have a case of lack of informed consent. If damages flowed from the non-consented to procedure, that could be battery.

Thanks for responding and

Thanks for responding and appreciate your feedback. It seems to be very hard to legally litergate this doctor who just continues to mess up patients quality of life. There are doctors out there that don't like this doctor either. Doctor's have a code of silence and will not testify against another doctor. These doctors will charge a lawyer $600.00 for a 15 minute consultation on the phone, so could you imagine what it would cost to get a doctor to testify.

This doctor Lattuga knows how to cover his ass, even though I am aware of 17 ongoing or pending malpractice suits against him.

A Class Action Suit is required to get any satisfaction.

I must also make it very clear that there are alot of nice respectful doctors that do care about their patients, but unfortunately we have a bad apple by the name of Dr. Sebastian Lattuga who thinks he's GOD .
Keep away from this rude, nasty doctor. He will mess you up big time. It's all about money with this doctor.

Thanks for responding

Thanks for responding RockyGirl. I agree, unfortunately I didn't have a computer at the time. Dr. Sebastian Lattuga was a recommendation from the doctor who did my knee surgery. This Dr. Lattuga messes up patients lives big time. He's rude, nasty. Keep away, get a second, third opinion from respectful caring doctor's.

Thanks for responding Gagal.

Thanks for responding Gagal. Yes consent forms were signed without any consultations of what I was there for. All I know, Doctor Lattuga informs me in his office that he will do a less invasive sugery and then informs me minutes before surgery that he's doing a implant which I had no idea what he was talking about and he rudely walks away. I realized what this doctor had done on my followup office visit when I saw the hardware on the computer screen that was implanted in my back. Rods and screws that I did not want. My body was violated, my patients rights to make my own decisions was compromised. KEEP AWAY FROM THIS RUDE NASTY DOCTOR.

jimwel wrote: Thanks for

jimwel wrote:

Thanks for responding Gagal. Yes consent forms were signed without any consultations of what I was there for. All I know, Doctor Lattuga informs me in his office that he will do a less invasive sugery and then informs me minutes before surgery that he's doing a implant which I had no idea what he was talking about and he rudely walks away. I realized what this doctor had done on my followup office visit when I saw the hardware on the computer screen that was implanted in my back. Rods and screws that I did not want. My body was violated, my patients rights to make my own decisions was compromised. KEEP AWAY FROM THIS RUDE NASTY DOCTOR.

Hi Jim ~ I'm so sorry to hear what happened to you. I am reminded just how $$$ driven the practice of medicine has become. I wonder how much more money Lattuga made by performing the much more extensive procedure. Shocked Jawdropping!

Do you have copies of your records? Do you know what exactly was written on the line procedure to be performed________________________. Were you given pre-op meds before being informed of the doctor's change in plans? Are you in the US or Canada? Informed consent cases are really, really hard to win, but consultations are usually free. I would talk to an atty if I were you. Have you done that?

I'm so sorry Jim. Many of us walk in your shoes. Sad

Thank you kindly

Thank you kindly HeartThrob.

The major surgery that was performed is the surgery that matches up with the paperwork. Lattuga had a sneaky game plan, because he knew I didn't want anything major and didn't want any hardware implanted in my back. At the time, did not know that Laminectomy was major surgery that is done when fusion and implanted hardware is also done. I wanted a MicroDiscectomy which he said could be done with no problem. Circumstances would have been different if his decision to change was during surgery and couldn't do the less invasive surgery, but that isn't the way it went down.
This doctor makes more money doing major surgery whether you need it or not. My new doctors don't like this Lattuga and also told me that what was done to me was not necessary to correct the bulging herniated disc.

Have been seeking legal help since September.2008. Just before the limitations ran out in March.2011, I did have a lawyer who was pretty sure we had a case until he looked at the release form and bailed out. IT IS WHAT IT IS. Beware of this doctor and don't be afraid to cancel your surgery if what you wanted as a patient cannot be done especially at the last minute just before going into surgery. Do not let doctors compromise your patients rights decisions it could be a mistake. If you're not comfortable with a nasty doctor, move on to another that you are comfortable with.

A Class Action Suit might work from all the unhappy patients that this doctor has messed up for life. You can't even have corrective surgery. The last option for pain relief is a Spinal Cord Stimulator which requires outpatient surgery and still have to be on painkillers.

Filing a complaint to the Medical Board might be a waste of time, because the board is made up of doctors. DOCTORS HAVE A CODE OF SILENCE AGAINST ANOTHER DOCTOR.

What comes around goes around and this nasty rude Lattuga will make a mistake that will ruin him for life and not be able to practice anymore in any state.

Good that will come out of this is other patients considering surgery, procedures will bypass this Doctor after reading what I went through.

jimwel wrote: Beware of

jimwel wrote:

Beware of this doctor and don't be afraid to cancel your surgery if what you wanted as a patient cannot be done especially at the last minute just before going into surgery. Do not let doctors compromise your patients rights decisions it could be a mistake. If you're not comfortable with a nasty doctor, move on to another that you are comfortable with.

There is no reason a patient should be signing consent forms just before they are going into the OR, unless it is an emergency situation.

I signed consent forms the day before my surgery and then again in the hospital right before the surgery, lying there naked as a jaybird ready to be wheeled into the OR. I wish there were laws in which consent forms had to be signed at least a week before a surgery. This would provide the patient an opportunity to peruse the forms at home in a relaxed environment and gives them time to ask questions.

The last time I had surgery

The last time I had surgery (some time ago - other than dental), the paperwork was explained in great detail. Not only was I given time to read it, questions were encouraged (and answered).

I wonder what would happen if a patient realized the surgery they agreed to was not the one to be performed and, as a result, refused to proceed. Would they be charged for anything? Would the doctor still accept them as a patient or would the outcome be the patient would have to start all over?

Life has become too complicated.

Bait and switch is a crime...no matter the venue.

Jimwel, Very sorry for what

Jimwel,
Very sorry for what you have had to go thru with this guy. It's a sad situation. Hoping the best for you ~
WW

Jim, I wish you success in

Jim, I wish you success in your pursuit of pain relief, or a corrective procedure.

While your statute runs out at the end of this month, if you can get something filed, it stays on the dockets. It's pretty tough if the consent is for the more major surgery that the doc performed. Then it becomes just your word against his, even though we all know that a signature on a line does not comprise informed consent.

I'm glad that you have posted your story here, and rated Lattuga. Who knows, if enough maimed patients come forward, there could be a class action.

When litigation fails because of the 'Good Old Boys Club', the media becomes the strong arm of the law.

Best Regards,
Pam

P.S. You might be interested in my story, and my husbands efforts to increase public awareness. http://collateral-damage.net/

Hello Jim. Sorry for your

Hello Jim. Sorry for your troubles, and I hope it works out. Thanks for the comment on http://collateral-damage.net.
(Just to clarify, I'm dan walter, not dan's back.)

Good luck,

Dan

Absolutely agree. Patients

Absolutely agree. Patients should not be dealing with paperwork on the day of surgery other then to sign in with your name date time that you are physically there for surgery. Admissions paperwork should be done a week before surgery with a patient advocate present to go over everything so the patient knows what to expect and then the patient should get copies to go home for review with a followup to answer any questions that were not answered.

Hospitals, Doctors need to be more patient friendly and listen to our needs to improve your broken protocol of how you do business today. Patients are tired of being yes patients and just going along with the medical system. That might have worked before the internet when us patients were not that educated/informed about their surgeries/procedures. We all just followed what our doctors thought is best for us and just went along like nice yes patients. Patients want to know what is best for them especially when it comes to major surgery.

I would also like to clearify that all hospitals with admissions are not like this in regards to going over everything with you during admissions paperwork.

Had a 100% turnaround with the new hospital, new pain management doctor that did the Spinal Cord Stimulator just this week after I had the trial last week. Wonderful staff that went out of there way to make my short same day stay very comfortable. We went over the paperwork with no pressure or rush to sign anything.

I will repeat myself, patients should not be signing admissions paperwork on the day of surgery. Let us be peacefully focused that our surgery will have a good outcome. Is that asking to much from the medical establishment.

Had I known this Doctor

Had I known this Doctor Jerkll Doctor Hyde was going to do a switch at the last minute just before surgery, my butt would have been out of that hospital ASAP no matter what the consequences might have been and I would have looked for another doctor. Do not let these doctors screw around with your head. You have rights as a patient, be strong, stay strong and follow your gut feelings when something just doesn't seem to be right, speak up, get it corrected and if the response is still not right move on. There are compassionate, caring doctors out there. Look and you shall find.

Thank you WillowWhite for the

Thank you WillowWhite for the kind words of wisdom. My speaking out openly will keep patients away from this butcher.

Thank you Pam. I read bits

Thank you Pam. I read bits and pieces of your story and will be getting the full version soon. Limitations ran out March.2. Maybe a Class Action Suit will come about.

Happy to say I hooked up with a great Pain Management doctor who did a trial for a Spinal Cord Stimulator last week and had the permanent this week. This is not to correct the problem, its only purpose is to relieve pain with maybe reduced painkillers when I cross that bridge.

Hope you are much better now Pam, because that was some wakeup call that your kind loving husband wrote about.

I wish you well to and have a peachy/Blessed day

sorry to hear about what

sorry to hear about what happened to you. I had a procedure done called kyphoplasty and have been messed up ever since. lost job and home and the doc is still making his big bucks. lucky do have some other income. yes and I still hurt and have to take some pain pills. hope things go better for you lots of luck. seems like the medical in the U.S. getting worse instead of better.

Thanks for responding. Sorry

Thanks for responding. Sorry to hear about your situation. Did the doctor do something that he/she was not surpose to do or something that you did not agree to, but was done anyway. Have a FREE No Fee consultation with a medical malpractice lawyer if your limitations have not run out. Limitations are normally two and half years depending on your state.

Share your story like I'm doing to expose these doctors and hospitals who like to run their own ship, not be told what to do, that's considered a insult to question what is right or wrong.

Take good care of yourself, there will be better days.

Quote: patients should not be

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patients should not be signing admissions paperwork on the day of surgery.

Amen!
My blood boils when I read more cases like mine, Pam's and yours and others who have come here and gone - with no hope of ever finding justice for what a surgeon did to their body~

Quote:

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.

You see, if what is discussed is not recorded - a surgeon will DENY you said it.

I hope surgeons are reading this venue - If so...
Exclamation Mark LISTEN UP Exclamation Mark

Surgeons who intentionally do a different surgery than consented, belong in the SLAMMER!

What happened to you - also happened to me...only I didn't discover the "different surgery" until years later.
And that is because the creep surgeon HID the paperwork that ordered a "different" operation- and documented the one on the consent form form. Now I'm told it is RES JUDICATA - and nothing I can do about it. And this surgeon probably believes she got away with it.

Enough of this - it needs to be stopped.
Now if we could all get together and petition each state legislative body- MAYBE we can get THE CONSENT time frame changed according to LAW~
I believe it should be given to the patient one if not two weeks before surgery-UNLESS it is an emergency [God help us on that one!]

I think the underlying reason for consenting an hour before the procedure is because the different surgical procedure is clandestine - and cancellations mean loss of revenue if they are racking up a big bill on the sly Cool .

And it prevents patients from being more inquisitive and might request ABSOLUTE language to describe the surgery--
One week in advance would require a surgeon to make adjustments in the consent if requested.

My consent form was just scribbled with no other words other than the procedure itself- But I figured it was truthful since it was the procedure I knew was to be done. Then this surgeon intentionally did a different type of surgery -and lied to cover it up.

What and why are they doing this? Research? Selling tissues? Teaching? Selling videos of a type of surgery? Over billing without the patient's knowledge?
Who knows... but some of them are certainly a danger to the public!

Never never never consent to surgery unless you see 2 or 3 other surgeons and EDIT the consent form if you feel issues need clarification

Some surgeons are nothing but suede shoe business persons - and procedures to some of them are just the thrilling noise of a cash register~

Then try to get an expert dr. to take them on in litigation with the truth??? What a joke! A surgeon who allows another colleague to keep harming people should have the cell next to that surgeon.

I'm helping a friend to withstand the stress of litigation who had surgery-for bowel obstruction- and the surgeon did and BILLED SEVEN other procedures during the operation without consent.
Because the first surgeon denied any wrongdoing he refused to correct her condition. So,because she was dieing from what he did.. another surgeon had to save her life...--She now has a stoma/bag and is only in her 50's-
The surgeon who screwed her up ia a criminal and this surgery scam must be stopped~

It seems you were exploited and injured and I feel for your tragic outcome.
One can only pray that the big guy in the sky has something planned for that jerk that will resemble justice.

Sorry....but that's how I feel about this entire subject [which some of you who know of my case already understands]

Katy, my heart weeps for you,

Katy, my heart weeps for you, and me, and Jimwel, and Wisher, and AE, and all the others here who have been harmed, maimed, blinded or destroyed for the purpose of $$ and/or self promotion.

The system is broken, and needs to be fixed. Peer review is a joke. What do others think about doctors reviewing one another? Ha

Thank you for taking the time

Thank you for taking the time to respond and it means alot to me. This Dr. Lattuga groomed me for one year before I made a decision to go forward with a Microdiscectomy which is a less invasive outpatient surgery. It's so obvious what happened after the fact of it happening. This greedy doctor didn't want to do some minor one hour surgery when he could do a more expensive six hour major surgery, rip off workers comp and screw up another patients quality of life.

I would like to challenge some lawyer(s) to file a CLASS ACTION SUIT on behalf of all the patients this doctor has messed up. It might take awhile and it would be in your best interest, because someday you might become the victim of a doctor like Dr. Sebastian Lattuga of Long Island, NY.

There is a HIGHER POWER that has a place for you Lattuga and that is HELL. May your soul rot in HELL. Amen

Doctors reviewing each other.

Doctors reviewing each other. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN anytime soon. Doctors will express their feelings about another doctor to their patients which is what I experienced when I was seeking 2nd/3rd opinions on corrective surgery. These doctors and even the staff of these doctors do not like this Dr. Lattuga and what he does to his patients and nobody can put him out of business. How does this person sleep peacefully known that he is messing up patients lives permanently. SO, SO SAD

jimwel wrote: Doctors

jimwel wrote:

Doctors reviewing each other. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN anytime soon.

I think it's not that it's not going to happen. That is their safeguard. If internal reviewe boards are comprised of other doctors (Golf buddies), nothing will ever change.

States are now trying to take reviews and oversight out of the realm of other doctors, and to require by law, the reporting of "adverse events and '"complications'" but State Medical Associations are fighting hard to keep peer reviews and oversight stricly in the realm of established groups (no change), as they continue to turn a blind eye. Hospitals back that, as they also make more money.

I think that Interventional Cardiologists and Orthopaedic Surgeons are the worst. Overstenting and overuse of ICDs is all over the news.

An interesting discussion:

http://www.theheart.org/discussion/thread/view.do?threadID=15408

Quote: This doctor got

Quote:

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.

Jimwel
Far as I know, med/malpractice doesn't qualify for class actions but do more research in your state.
This is not legal advice since I'm not a lawyer- and this information is readily available to the public but thought I'd share it with you:

It is difficult to prove but if your consent document that you signed, stated the lesser procedure and you prove that he did the major procedure - then you need to consider that this might represent fraud-
[Keep in mind that many people don't know that they have the right to "conditional consent" i.e. exclusion clause on the consent form to prove that the dr. may NOT do A, B, C etc.]

There are different types of fraud- but defrauding an ins co. is pretty serious and should be reported[if it was Medicaid insurance you could report it there ]
You would need all the billing data first of course.

Your operation may also represent constructive fraud. i.e. intentional deceit, [planning beforehand [for financial gain etc. You must show damages- which of course leaving a foreign object in your body to which you did not consent might also apply.

Did you know, in many states the st/limitations for the "discovery of fraud" is much longer - like 3 years. The time begins from the discovery of the fraud.
Of course lawyers are not as willing to bring a dr. down for fraud - since you have to have the "smoking gun" evidence so finding one is even harder.

As Pam said - you can file a complaint yourself just to get it on the docket. But in Calif it is 2 years for med/mal and we have to follow CPC 364
[ giving the dr. 90 day notice prior to filing a complaint.]But if filed as any type of medical battery- it is a one year limitation to file.]

In essence, medical fraud is NOT medical treatment at all. If he got paid for an operation that you didn't know would be done- it also involves insurance fraud and financial gain
A complaint to the OIG and JCHOA might be a good idea also
Here is an interesting site filled with good articles
SEE FRAUD
http://www.gosfield.com/newissues.htm#legal37

Keep the faith- and let's hope this dude Dr. is run out of town soon!

Ditto: Doctors have a Code

Ditto: Doctors have a Code Of Silence among the medical community. We are comfortable with just the way it is, broken. What about us patients. If it wasn't for a board like this, we would have no public voice to express openly what is going on. True, we are the victims of these negligent doctors, viewers of this site will get a wakeup call and start doing their due diligence on their own before letting a doctor touch them.

It was my impression that the

It was my impression that the lesser surgery was discussed verbally. jimwel thought it was clear he did not want the more invasive procedure. When he signed the consent forms it was for the more invasive procedure, but he assumed it was clear to the doctor that is not what he wanted and maybe he wasn't exactly sure what the procedure listed on the consent form was or he just signed trusting the doctor was aware of what he wanted and didn't want. He felt betrayed.

Am I wrong, jimwel?

That is exactly what happened

That is exactly what happened and nicely express by you.
Will repeat myself with what happened. I did not rush into this surgery, because the doctor said you need surgery to correct your Bulging Herniated Disc L5/S1. During office visits I expressed my fear of having any major surgery that would include having any rods and screws in my back. I asked if a less invasive micro surgery could be done and his response was, we can do a Microdicectomy which would include a one hour outpatient procedure that would include a small one inch incision. I was happy and signed up to have the less invasive surgery done. I'm at the hospital in a room outside the operating room just waiting to be brought into the operating room. The doctor shows up and briefly asks how I'm doing, am I ready. Then he questions me about my painful shooting pains in my leg. He wanted to know which leg, I responded, then he says I'm going to do a implant and my response was what implant, doctor walks away and I woke up in ICU due to complications. I trusted this doctor and had no need to further question him about anything. We agreed on a less invasive surgery in his office and that was good enough for me. Upon investigation with the paperwork, and you must remember that at this time, I don't know anything about this medical lingo of a Laminectomy, hardware and all that good stuff that will hurt you and change the quality of your life forever. The doctor got approval for a major Laminectomy, Fusion With Implanted hardware (rods, screws, hardware and everything, but the kitchen sink). Approval sent to Workers Comp who signed off on it. Same thing with the consent form which matches up with the Workers Comp Form
and nothing was clearly explained to me at the admissions office. I believe, I was screwed, Workers Comp was screwed and billed for a more expensive major six hour surgery instead of the less invasive one hour surgery. It's all about money. Deep down I feel that Dr. Lattuga had no intentions of doing the less invasive surgery. The doctors mistake was to inform me just before surgery that he was going to do a implant which is major surgery and I had no idea what he was talking about, because if his decision was based on something that he saw during less invasive surgery that didn't show up on the MRA and had to do the major surgery, then why would he get approval for the major surgery instead of the less invasive Microdiscectomy, Why, because he had no intentions of doing the less expensive Microdiscectomy. All I know, my 2nd and 3rd opinion doctors for corrective surgery is, this major surgery was not necessary. Surgery was required, but not what Dr. Luttuga did to you. Just a sidenote here. Corrective Surgery cannot be done and if it was done, do you know what is involved: A revision which I questioned the doctor to explain. A revision takes out the old hardware and replace it with a larger hardware. Let me tell you, it was a blessing in disquise that this doctor does not want to do the corrective surgery, because it's to risky, bone has grown around the spacers in the old hardware. Last and final option was a very nice Pain Management Doctor. I now have a Spinal Cord Stimultor that was implanted last week. Does not eliminate painkillers, hoping that dosage will be reduced over time. My fingers are crossed, pray to a higher power. GOD BLESS YOU ALL

Quote: we can do a

Quote:

we can do a Microdicectomy which would include a one hour outpatient procedure that would include a small one inch incision.

Not trying to kick a dead horse...because it appears you are resigned to your lot in life and that in itself can hopefully help you heal~ I sincerely hope so

But--Cannot understand why a lawyer didn't jump on this regardless of what the consent form said
[i.e. you signed not knowing the "terminology" was different for the name of the one hour surgery]

Also isn't it proof that you expected a one hour surgery when you planned to have someone pick you up on the same day?
Your admission sheet would show this dr's "intent to exceed your consent" because the uconsented surgery required ordering the special device in advance and more time in the OR~
Therefore, you HAD to be admitted for overnight - and not the one hour operation.

Incredible! After reading the chaos he has caused so many patients..even if you can't sue him-I think he AND the hospital should be reported to the appropriate authorities for a full investigation~

Thanks for chiming in and do

Thanks for chiming in and do appreciate it. Answer to your question about a lawyer jumping in on a case like this. I thought it would be a no brainer also, but when you start personally communicating with lawyers, it does become a dead horse. I have met and personally spoken to five lawyers with the same outcome, we cannot help you. These were consultations with medical malpractice lawyers, some who spent their own money to have their own professional doctors who work for them view my complete medical file and it all comes down to the Workers Comp Approval and the Consent matching up for a Laminectomy. Patient has nothing in writing about a less invasive surgery. Unable to get a doctor to testify. Dr. Lattuga covered his ass and could have cared less what he communicated to me in his office about a less invasive surgery. The doctor groomed me over the months until he got me into his spider web of horrors at the hospital. I DO NOT WISH THIS ON ANYONE.

I can file a complaint with the New York State Department of Health Office Of Professional Medical Conduct which might be a waste of time, because the board is made up of Doctors who decide on any Disciplinary actions if any due to no documentation about a less invasive Microdiscectomy.

For your own information, Lawyers Terminology in the case would be PATIENT MISINFORMED TO REPLACE DECEPTION. They can use whatever Legal Terminology they want, IT WAS DECEPTION, IT WAS GREED.

I came so close to legal representation with the last lawyer before the limitations ran out. The lawyer was required to pay this 2nd opinion doctor $600.00 for a 15 minute consultation that would help the case further. So you see, it's all about money. Money Makes The World Go Round. The consent form was missing and was able to get a copy from the hospital. After the lawyer saw the consent, all bets were off and refused to take the case and seek another lawyer which was now to late, LIMITATIONS RAN OUT. If you don't have everything in writing, you are fried turkey

I know it is too late now,

I know it is too late now, but maybe a good lawyer could have argued that you signed the papers when you were under stress, just before surgery. It may have set a precedent.

Hopefully people are learning from your story and others.

As was mentioned on another thread those consent forms are for the doctor, not the patient. That being the case, patients should be even more diligent when reading them, underline words or phrases you don’t understand so you can ask what they mean.

We as patients need to ask more questions. If we don’t know what an implant is we should feel comfortable asking. What is an implant? I don’t know what you mean by that? You mentioned this as a risk, how many of your patients have experienced those complications? Are you doing the procedure or will someone else be performing part of the procedure? Will you be in the OR the entire time? Will I have to sign any consent forms on the day of the surgery?

My doctors love me asking questions as any good doctor should. They will often go on and on even after they finished answering, and then ask do you have any more questions. They love talking to me and educating me. And they don’t mind me researching on the internet. Stare

It has been my experience that surgeons are more technically savvy and not so people friendly as say a GP.

Never, ever, ever, ever, should a patient be signing forms on the day of their surgery, excluding emergencies! To take a person who is feeling so vulnerable and nervous on the day of surgery and say "sign this" is a crime in my opinion.

Ditto: Absolutely agree with

Ditto: Absolutely agree with you. Everything went fine during his grooming office visits to get me to totally and unconditionally trust him. Had he mentioned implant during a office visit, my butt would have been out of his office ASAP, but it didn't happen that way. Everything went downhill at the hospital when you're the most vulnerable. You're there for surgery and just want to get it over so you can just get on with your life. This is a rude, arrogant doctor. Day of surgery is not the time for consent forms.

While I'm here, Want To Keep This Real, Accurate, Honest

Update: For some reason, I kept saying that a Laminectomy, Fusion, Implant.

The doctor did a HemiLaminectomy, on the Workers Comp Approval Form, and on the Consent Form. HemiLaminectomy might be less invasive, but it doesn't get Dr. Lattuga off the hook. A HemiLaminectomy removes a small portion of the Lamina, just enough to gain access to the Disc Space. Again, sorry to repeat myself, but this is not the surgery we discussed in his office. Where the six inch incision comes into play instead of the one inch for the Microdiscectomy that I agreed to, was for the implant (rods, spacers, screws). A one hour minimally invasive surgery went to a six hour major surgery with complications of respiratory failure and a difficult time for the team in surgery to get a tube down my throat, be put on life support in the ICU for three days. After my release from the hospital, there were no followup calls to see how I was doing. Had a followup visit to the doctors office weeks later to find out what this idiot had done to my body.

Very hard to legally litigate. If this case did go forward, the cost would have been $50,000 that the lawyers were willing to lay out and deduct it from the outcome which never happened and put me back to square one with a bad taste in my mouth with the medical establishment and some of the jerks that are a part of it.

Updates since my March.8,

Updates since my March.8, surgery by a excellent, caring pain management doctor. Surgery was two hours and released on the same day to recover at home.

Surgery was to relieve pain shooting down my leg into the bottom and side of my foot. Very painful to the touch when it did happen. This was caused by the surgery I did not want by you know who Dr. Lattuga who implanted material that is impinging on a nerve in the spine. Corrective revision surgery was no longer an option, to risky.

Only option offered by pain management was continue to stay on pain killers or do a less invasive Spinal Cord Stimulator which is programmed to target nerve pain.

My recent followup visit to my pain management doctor this week shows the incision is slowly healing and I'm getting some pain relief and hope to get the doctor to reduce the painkillers.

Thanks for the moral support I've received onboard here.

I know a Class Action Suit

I know a Class Action Suit cannot be done with Malpractice. Can a group of patients get together who were deceived by this Dr. Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY
and file a Class Action Suit. I am sure there is also fraud going on with Workers Comp with the doctor getting approval for expensive major invasive surgery instead of getting approval for a less invasive one hour surgery. This doctor will slipup big time soon and be on the local news.

Hope there are local Long Island unhappy patients who no longer have a quality of life, because of this greedy doctor who are not afraid to come forward to keep this from happening to anyone again. DO NOT SUFFER ALONE, LETS SUPPORT EACH OTHER during these difficult times.

jimwel wrote: I know a Class

jimwel wrote:

I know a Class Action Suit cannot be done with Malpractice. Can a group of patients get together who were deceived by this Dr. Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY
and file a Class Action Suit. I am sure there is also fraud going on with Workers Comp with the doctor getting approval for expensive major invasive surgery instead of getting approval for a less invasive one hour surgery. This doctor will slipup big time soon and be on the local news.

Hope there are local Long Island unhappy patients who no longer have a quality of life, because of this greedy doctor who are not afraid to come forward to keep this from happening to anyone again. DO NOT SUFFER ALONE, LETS SUPPORT EACH OTHER during these difficult times.

We have to come up with a way to get word out to EVERYONE to keep them away from doctors like Lattuga and the dentist Gage who butchered me. The internet should be able to do this. We have to let everyone know to read reviews on sites like this. How about advertising on the most popular websites? Aren't there some super popular dating sites that get revenue from ads?

aries wrote: We have to come

aries wrote:

We have to come up with a way to get word out to EVERYONE to keep them away from doctors like Lattuga and the dentist Gage who butchered me. The internet should be able to do this. We have to let everyone know to read reviews on sites like this. How about advertising on the most popular websites? Aren't there some super popular dating sites that get revenue from ads?

RateMDs is linked by some 350 sites, not including its being mentioned in many, many articles. Google "RateMDs" and you'll get an idea. It's also linked in to sites such as Facebook.

If you Google a doctor, all the posts and ratings mentioning the doctor's name will be shown at the top of the search returns. Try entering terms such as "rate my doctor" or "doctor search" and see what pops up.

The best thing you can do to direct attention to any doctor is to carefully phrase a doctor's name and location in posts, to ensure the phrasing meets with the most likely search terms, e.g., "Dr. Henry T. Smith, Toledo, Ohio". Anyone who enters "Dr. Smith Ohio" will see your post in Google's search returns (within a few days of it being posted).

EDIT: I just came across a discussion of RateMDs here: http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/191424-ratemds-canada.

EDIT 2: Make that over 650 websites that link to RateMDs.

So Mic - you are saying that

So Mic - you are saying that even when casually discussing a dr. or treatment [here on RMD] by that dr. - google would bring it up on their Facebook IF they have an account?
Not sure if drs. use it - do they?
I have a reason to know this - since I've held back for several years with naming names here.

jimwel Are you familiar with

jimwel

Are you familiar with the statute of limitations in your state for intentional or constructive fraud?

It may be 3 years - IF you can prove he perpetrated fraud in your treatment.
Have you gone to Google Scholar - [choose your state] and plug in the name of dr. Lattuga - IF there are "published" past lawsuits against him they should come up [of course if he settled, they won't]

That is a huge problem in the legal-medical field - they can hide settled suits- But they may be found in your local court files for your review -IF you have the name of the plaintiff or case # [they know the odds are that you will not have this info]

So yes - the system is built to prevent damaged parties from finding other damaged parties by that dr.

What else is new?

Imalert wrote: So Mic - you

Imalert wrote:

So Mic - you are saying that even when casually discussing a dr. or treatment [here on RMD] by that dr. - google would bring it up on their Facebook IF they have an account?
Not sure if drs. use it - do they?
I have a reason to know this - since I've held back for several years with naming names here.

Every rating page contains a "Recommend" link that you can click. When you do so, the RateMDs server will look for your Facebook cookie or ask you to log in to Facebook, at which point it will cause a post to be made to your Facebook Wall (disseminated to all your friends) saying "[your name] recommends [doctor's name]".

Anyone reading the doctor's rating page later will see "1 person recommends this doctor" (you will see [your name] recommends this doctor). Everyone of your friends getting your Facebook Wall post in their "News Feed" will also get a link to the rating page with the RateMDs icon prominently displayed.

So, while you promote your doctor to all your Facebook friends, RateMDs is being promoted in the process. This is a function of the Facebook Partners Program.

Thx Mic I don't use FB and if

Thx Mic
I don't use FB

and if I did it wouldn't be to do a recommendation
just the reverse

LOL

Imalert wrote: Thx Mic I

Imalert wrote:

Thx Mic
I don't use FB

and if I did it wouldn't be to do a recommendation
just the reverse

LOL

That's what I'd like to see in the Facebook Partners Program ... some "does not recommend" function. Laughing out loud

Thank you Imalert. Statute of

Thank you Imalert.

Statute of limitations for NY is 2 1/2 years and it ran out March.2011. During that period have spoken to five lawyers or more who handle these types of medical cases
and it always goes back to the consent form to keep them from going forward with the case. I'm aware of 17 lawsuits against Dr. Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY
and if I didn't have the voice on this board to express myself, nobody would know about what happened to me. It also goes back to what has been expressed on this board with regards to admissions pushing paperwork onto patients on the day of surgery and not explaining anything which is what happened to me on the day of surgery. My mind should be focused on the surgery in a relaxed frame of mind. Yes, I will check out Google Scholar and thanks for that link.

good god this doctor f**k*d

good god this doctor f**k*d you. i am beyond sorry for you. these are one of those horror stories you wish never happened. i hope you can get your last alt. minor surgery with no problems - from someone else - and it helps you. this is messed up s**t what he did, he should be in so much crap and you should get something outta him or he pays you back for what you spent and what you have to spend to fix this. how is he still practicing if he does things like this to people and messes them up, if this isn't even his first time. i really hope it somehow works out for you and your can move on to a better future. good luck and well wishes

jimewel Maybe it's time for

jimewel

Maybe it's time for you to go to the editor of your local newspaper OR the states atty general
OR the Dept of Justice
each of them have the authority to instigate investigations into unnecessary surgeries
As for the st/limitations-- it's too bad you didn't slam any kind of complaint into the court docket - to allege fraud - Worst that coulda happened is that it got dismissed BUT inquiring media will many times pick up on those cases

Also I have posted ad nauseum for people to write their congress rep to INSIST on changing the consent time line - Even when a mechanic writes an estimate - they give you time to THINK!
You seem to be intent on making a difference - do it!!
Much encouragement to you

You're right, this doctor

You're right, this doctor jacked me up good. Not that I did anything wrong. I don't feel like a patient with rights. I feel like a victim who doesn't have any patient rights. The doctor covers his ass and the hospital covers their ass. I now have a voice and will take advantage of it to prevent others from going through the same pain and suffering. I do thank you for your moral support. Remember the name Doctor Sebastian Luttuga from New Hyde Park, NY who took my quality active life away.

Wishful Thinker wrote:

good god this doctor f**k*d you. i am beyond sorry for you. these are one of those horror stories you wish never happened. i hope you can get your last alt. minor surgery with no problems - from someone else - and it helps you. this is messed up s**t what he did, he should be in so much crap and you should get something outta him or he pays you back for what you spent and what you have to spend to fix this. how is he still practicing if he does things like this to people and messes them up, if this isn't even his first time. i really hope it somehow works out for you and your can move on to a better future. good luck and well wishes

Complaints to the secretary

Complaints to the secretary of state and attorney general won't do any good I'm afraid. I went to the board with a complaint against a dentist that should have been open and shut. But they just dismissed it. Bunch of dentists covering for another dentist. Doctors are going to cover for other doctors.

Absolutely agree with you.

Absolutely agree with you. It's called the Code Of Silence among doctors/Dentists who are afraid to support a patients claim due to consequences that they don't want to deal with. It's business as usual and tough luck for the patient. I need a small group of only five patients that Dr. Sebastian Luttuga messed up with deception or just messed them up with poor surgery,
surgery that they probably didn't need anyway. It's all about money with this doctor. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON HIS SOUL. Thanks for your feedback.

aries wrote:

Complaints to the secretary of state and attorney general won't do any good I'm afraid. I went to the board with a complaint against a dentist that should have been open and shut. But they just dismissed it. Bunch of dentists covering for another dentist. Doctors are going to cover for other doctors.

jimwel It's gut wrenching to

jimwel

It's gut wrenching to know these surgeons continue to injure and maim people for $$ and get away with it

Far as I know [Mic will know though] a Corp. can not be defamed.......

I think it's time to begin mentioning that hospitals show a lack of credibility in its acceptance of such shoddy medical treatment by its surgeons.
Drs. have lawyers but hospitals must convince the public that theirs is the "safest" and best place for medical care

Would you recommend such a hospital?

Absolutely, I would recommend

Absolutely, I would recommend such a hospital and yes hospitals should be held accountable for the actions of doctors/surgeons who mess up their patients for the money. Surgeries that are not needed. Bait & Switch Surgeries, ripping off WorkersComp.

I now have comparison proof of two hospitals with how they treat patients during admissions. Hospital where I had the surgery did not take the time to explain everything to me during admissions. Just pushed papers in front of me to sign. Hospital where I had the Spinal Cord Stimulator took the time to explain everything during admissions, what to expect and made sure that I clearly knew what I was signing up for. Wonderful, caring hospital staff and the surgeon made sure everyone was on the same page. It's like night and day between the two hospitals.

Imalert wrote:

jimwel

It's gut wrenching to know these surgeons continue to injure and maim people for $$ and get away with it

Far as I know [Mic will know though] a Corp. can not be defamed.......

I think it's time to begin mentioning that hospitals show a lack of credibility in its acceptance of such shoddy medical treatment by its surgeons.
Drs. have lawyers but hospitals must convince the public that theirs is the "safest" and best place for medical care

Would you recommend such a hospital?

Imalert wrote: jimewel Maybe

Imalert wrote:

jimewel

Maybe it's time for you to go to the editor of your local newspaper OR the states atty general
OR the Dept of Justice
each of them have the authority to instigate investigations into unnecessary surgeries
As for the st/limitations-- it's too bad you didn't slam any kind of complaint into the court docket - to allege fraud - Worst that coulda happened is that it got dismissed BUT inquiring media will many times pick up on those cases

Also I have posted ad nauseum for people to write their congress rep to INSIST on changing the consent time line - Even when a mechanic writes an estimate - they give you time to THINK!
You seem to be intent on making a difference - do it!!
Much encouragement to you

I agree, exposing Dr. Sebastian Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY. There are other patients out there from Long Island, NY who are not happy with this Doctor. Please come forward so we have a louder voice as a group.

Dot your i's and cross your t's when considering any surgery. Get everything in writing on your office consultations and don't let the admissions rush you with signing papers and especially that consent form. If the consent form does not match up with what the doctor informed you that he/she was going to do, refuse to have surgery. Get second and third opinions.

Don't let them Bait & Switch you.

That is horrible and

That is horrible and inexusable.I wish there was a way to make him answer for that.
I hope you get help for all this.Sorry this happened.
Why are doctors allowed to do these things,allowed to decieve.
Obviously when you hadnumerous discussions with him and agreed previously no screwsor rods,you would not expect this to happen.You would think you could trust him.I am so sorry this happened to you.
I guess us patients need to be alert for untrustworthy doctors.We should be able to them,yu would think.
I know some are trustworthyfrom experience,but where to find them anymore?

I can't believe Sebastian

I can't believe Sebastian Lattuga still has a license. He's known around long island as a menace but no one will speak up. We need to set up a "victims of Sebastian Lattuga" facebook page, or blog to organize and push for his exposure. Maybe if we make enough noise, we can get the dept of justice or state attorney general to open their eyes to what he's doing. Besides compromising patients rights, I'm sure he's committing insurance fraud. He's a total disgrace....

AngryHusband wrote: I can't

AngryHusband wrote:

I can't believe Sebastian Lattuga still has a license. He's known around long island as a menace but no one will speak up. We need to set up a "victims of Sebastian Lattuga" facebook page, or blog to organize and push for his exposure. Maybe if we make enough noise, we can get the dept of justice or state attorney general to open their eyes to what he's doing. Besides compromising patients rights, I'm sure he's committing insurance fraud. He's a total disgrace....

Thank you kindly for responding. Totally agree with
everything that you mentioned here. If the victims
of Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY don't come
forward, nothing will be done and he will just go on
with business as usual. Like your idea of setting up
a facebook/blog page to expose what is going on. The
legal system doesn't seem to be any better protecting
this butcher who ruins patients life's forever. It's
like he's practicing on his patients. I hope someone
will just wakeup and let me see light at the end of a
long dark tunnel that I've been dealing with since 2008.

BOTTOM LINE, IT'S ALL ABOUT GREEDY DIRTY MONEY & THE PATIENTS HAVE NO RIGHTS. Doctor's & Hospital's cover there asses 24/7

Doctors have a code of silence, Lawyers have a code of silence making deals in the judges chambers to let this doctor do whatever he feels like doing.

Thank you kindly for taking

Thank you kindly for taking the time to respond and hopefully my story with Dr. Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY (Long Island) will inform others to be aware of the crap that goes on with these egotistic Doctors, Doctors that should not be allowed to do whatever they please. These doctors are protected, patients rights are not always protected. I can't believe this doctor did this to me. What the hell was he thinking on the day of surgery. I know something can be done, but I can't do it alone. Help from Long Island, NY patients that have gone through similar circumstances with this Dr. Sebastian Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY. A group will have a more louder voice. I know you are out. United We Stand that we are just not going to take this crap anymore.

waterwithlove wrote:

That is horrible and inexusable.I wish there was a way to make him answer for that.
I hope you get help for all this.Sorry this happened.
Why are doctors allowed to do these things,allowed to decieve.
Obviously when you hadnumerous discussions with him and agreed previously no screwsor rods,you would not expect this to happen.You would think you could trust him.I am so sorry this happened to you.
I guess us patients need to be alert for untrustworthy doctors.We should be able to them,yu would think.
I know some are trustworthyfrom experience,but where to find them anymore?

Its not as difficult to file

Its not as difficult to file for damages as you might think, but if you do its important to stick with it and bring the case as far forward as possible as it allows for communications through-out the community which people need to know to avoid additional errors.

karlajohn wrote: Its not as

karlajohn wrote:

Its not as difficult to file for damages as you might think, but if you do its important to stick with it and bring the case as far forward as possible as it allows for communications through-out the community which people need to know to avoid additional errors.

Your support is always appreciated. Have been dealing with this since 2008. Have no intentions of giving up. Dr. Sebastian Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY is out of control. He gets away with his actions, because the patients let him and quietly do nothing. I have a voice on this forum. Something good will come out of this. I'm just patiently waiting, if you are a patient of this doctor, kindly share with us. Yes, there are good passionate doctors out there, but there will always be a few bad greedy apples out there. Have A Happy Mother's Day

I hope my story has helped.

I hope my story has helped. I am currently ten weeks into the Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery. Healing well, getting some pain relief which is all this implant can do, because there is no corrective surgery available (to risky). Connection with another Dr.Sebastian Lattuga patient who was messed up, because of sloppy surgery. This doctor is considered a menace in this Long Island, NY Community. Arrogant, Disrespectful. There are many litergations that are just paid off, because this Dr. is afraid to lose his license if he loses a malpractice suit. Do your due diligence and don't let these doctor's screw you around. Once your quality of life is taken from you, you will never be the same. Thank you Dr.Sebatian Lattuga for taking my very active quality of life away from me and almost taking my life during surgery.

Brief Updates: Spinal Cord

Brief Updates:

Spinal Cord Stimulator Surgery continues to do well for relief and am able to drive again.

I am looking to form a local Long Island, NY Support Group for Sebastian Lattuga Patients. Patients that were deceived, patients that had their quality of life taking away by this doctor, patients that were messed up, because of sloppy surgery or surgery that they didn't need to start with. We need a voice on Long Island that doctor's like this can no longer rule and just do whatever they please for the almighty dollar.

Look forward to hearing from you if interested to start organizing this group and a comfortable meeting place.

jimwel wrote: Do your due

jimwel wrote:

Do your due diligence and don't let these doctor's screw you around. Once your quality of life is taken from you, you will never be the same.

Due diligence. How exactly can patients do that? This is something that patients need to know, and needs to be communicated.

I am wondering if it might be good if the CMPA here in Canada, or Medical Justice in the States, were to communicate to patients exactly what patients are expected to do for their due diligence. Perhaps, this would be protective not only for patients, but for doctors too in the long run.

Where I work there is a large poster which states: Your Healthcare: Be Involved (I think that's what it says.)

How exactly can we involved, and do due diligence in a manner which isn't upsetting to the doctor?

wishandaprayer wrote: jimwel

wishandaprayer wrote:
jimwel wrote:

Do your due diligence and don't let these doctor's screw you around. Once your quality of life is taken from you, you will never be the same.

Due diligence. How exactly can patients do that? This is something that patients need to know, and needs to be communicated.

I am wondering if it might be good if the CMPA here in Canada, or Medical Justice in the States, were to communicate to patients exactly what patients are expected to do for their due diligence. Perhaps, this would be protective not only for patients, but for doctors too in the long run.

Where I work there is a large poster which states: Your Healthcare: Be Involved (I think that's what it says.)

How exactly can we involved, and do due diligence in a manner which isn't upsetting to the doctor?

HOW DO YOU DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE:

Ask questions, many questions, don't be a passive yes patient to your doctor. They don't own you, your body or your patients rights to not agree with what they are communicating to you in office visits. Check your doctors profile background onboard here which I didn't do. Common sense, gut feelings about your doctor when they communicate with you. IF THERE ARE RED FLAGS POPPING UP, You're right and seek another doctor.

Unless I'm the exception or this doctor Sebastian Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY is the exception of how he deceived me then something is wrong. I read the horror stories onboard here. When is enough is enough.

Just wanted to say hello to

Just wanted to say hello to all the kind
members that responded with support. Able
to deal with the pain much better after
my Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery a few
months back.

I'm thinking about starting a MyDrSebastianLattuga
Blog from New Hyde Park, NY. Maybe my legal
litergation expired, but I still have a voice
to expose this doctor without being charged of
slander if what I have to say is true and valid,
just like I expressed myself onboard here.

I've noticed that this forum posts the number of
replies, but doesn't post the number of views. Just
a general question.

Take care and be well.

jimwel wrote: Just wanted to

jimwel wrote:

Just wanted to say hello to all the kind
members that responded with support. Able
to deal with the pain much better after
my Spinal Cord Stimulator surgery a few
months back.

I'm thinking about starting a MyDrSebastianLattuga
Blog from New Hyde Park, NY. Maybe my legal
litergation expired, but I still have a voice
to expose this doctor without being charged of
slander if what I have to say is true and valid,
just like I expressed myself onboard here.

I've noticed that this forum posts the number of
replies, but doesn't post the number of views. Just
a general question.

Take care and be well.

I am glad you are doing better. Smiling
Sorry I can't help you with your question.
Please keep us posted as far as your progress physically and in regards to Lattuga.

Thanks gagal. Yes I will keep

Thanks gagal. Yes I will keep you and everyone onboard with updates and someday I will post UNITED WE STAND, UNITED WE HAVE OVERCOME Dr. Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY (Nassau County, Long Island, NY).

For now it's UNITED I STAND AND UNITED I WILL VOICE my valid concerns about this rude, arrogant doctor.

There are many nice compassionate doctors out there, it's just this one bad apple that will ruin your life.

I hope my postings has made you think before going forward with any procedure (minor or major).

Anybody online know why the board doesn't list the views
also instead of just the responses. Similar boards show
both views and responses. Whatever the reason(s), no big deal with me, just wondering.

Recent Updates: Had my

Recent Updates:

Had my followup appointment with the Spinal Stimulator Surgeon and the Rep for the hardware. They indicated that everything seems to be okay. If I still have a bit of pain, was told to take a painkiller. The main purpose of the Spinal Stimulator is to help block pain, not to eliminate it 100%. You're still required to take a lower dose painkiller, so basically it's pain relief when there are no longer options for anymore surgery, because of a doctor who screwed up (Dr. Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY). IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY AND SCREWING WORKERS COMP.

It pisses me off that I probably didn't need surgery based on a recent article I read about bulging hertiated discs.

Article: Hertiated Discs seldom cause back pain. MRI is the test of choice to evaluate back pain, but there is a secret about MRIs and back pain. The most common problems physicians see on MRIs and attribute to back pain are herniated, ruptured and bulging discs which are also seen almost commonly on MRIs of healthy people without pain. This means that herniated discs usually have nothing to do with back pain. They are a normal finding, suggesting that discs rupture with some frequency and our bodies repair them naturally. The moneymaking surgery that these doctors DO is not always necessary. Reason to fix or remove a disc usually is performed in the hope that a herniated disc is compressing a nerve and causing the pain, but it carries a poor overall success rate. Even after the nerve is decompressed or freed by removing the disc surgically, half of the time the patients low back pain is not relieved.

Surgery should be considered primarily for patients with a herniated disc that is clearly causing a neurological deficit such as foot weakness or a loss of bowel or bladder control in addition to pain.

Do not rush into any surgery and get everything in writing. These doctors will try to pressure you into a major surgery that you don't need, a surgery that will take a year to heal. FOLLOW YOUR NATURAL GUT FEELINGS.

P.S: Dr. Sebastian Lattuga deceived me.

Just a quickie today: The

Just a quickie today:

The staff at these doctor's offices don't always
know what they are doing.

Problem I had at my pain management doctor's office.
My Workmen's Compensation Lawyer needed a form to
be signed by the doctor which was needed for my
court date. At the time was not aware of the form
until my lawyer brought it to my attention. Called
the doctor's office and the staff informs me that
the doctor cannot sign the form, I would have to see
my primary who is not going to sign the form either,
because he's not the one treating me. Basically the
form shows the percentage of your disability and the
only doctor that can sign that is the one treating you
which would be the pain management doctor.

Finally was able to get the doctor to sign the form.

Next time I have a problem, will speak directly to
the doctor.

I'm doing okay. Have good days and not so good days.
Just have to deal the best I can with what I still have.
Life can be good. I Love My Grandchildren Unconditionally and they Love Me Unconditionally.

Thanks for the quickie,

Thanks for the quickie, jimwel. Smiling

Sorry, I couldn't help myself.Evil

You are right about the staff, but it is not always their fault. They are often following the doctors' orders.

When I worked for a doctor he asked me to tell a human services person, with whom he had a meeting, to come back another day. He was getting behind in his schedule. So she comes in, I tell her he needs to reschedule their appointment. She pretty much said no. She walked past me into his office. Very bold on her part. He was all sweet with her, and I pretty much looked like an ass. I was pissed at him. He apologized to me, but still, I completely lost credibility. He should have backed me up, especially since I was doing what he asked me to do.

When I had problems with the staff at my own doctor's office, his nurse told me to ask for her when I call. She always takes good care of me and will fit me into appointments when the front desk staff says no.

The receptionists are often only doing what they are told and unfortunately must deal with the wrath from patients.

It's good to hear you are doing well.

Keep going, jimwel.

Keep going, jimwel. Congratulations on not giving up and getting the form signed. If only we didn't have to go through all of this nonsense. I believe it only causes pain to flair and increase and the frustration...well, the words I have to describe that aren't fit to print here.

The best of luck. Please keep us posted.

good luck to you and all.I

good luck to you and all.I was partly crippled by a doc (pain management) still am. also lost job and home and medical law suit. the only thing I did not loose was the memory of the doc that did this to me.

Sorry to hear about your

Sorry to hear about your circumstances Terryr.
Just wondering how this pain management doctor
could have done this. You had no surgery and
a pain management doctor cripples you. You also
lose your job and home. I hope you win your case.
Something I couldn't do, because this Dr. Sebastian
Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY (Long Island)
covered his ass with the release. Lawyer's don't
wanna touch this case with a ten foot pole.

Get well, keep the faith that there will be light
at the end of the tunnel for recovery.

Thank you kindly for responding.

How are you doing TerryR.

How are you doing TerryR. You briefly mentioned
that a pain management doctor partly crippled you
causing more financial problems because of this.
Did you have surgery. The pain management doctor
that did the spinal cord stimulator for pain relief,
because Doctor Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park,NY
(Long Island) screwed up my surgery and deceived me
with no options for corrective surgery other then
the spinal cord stimulator which worked out great.
The doctor, staff, hospital were all caring and
compassionate to do the best surgery to relieve my
pain. Like I've mentioned before, there are good
doctors and there are money doctors that could care
less. Hope your litergation is going well and you
can get on with your life. The quality of life has
been removed, but you can still move on. Hang in there
with one day at a time.

lost the suit and the

lost the suit and the meadiators no use in going on with the case. in NEVADA the doc wins 99 per cent of the time and this is true. our attorney told us that also. the only thing we got was a bad back.

Sorry to hear that your

Sorry to hear that your litergation did
not go well. Expose your doctor like I'm
doing. It's not easy to sue these doctor's
who think they are GoD. At least you have
a Freedom Of Speech Voice on this board to
expose these doctors. I do wish you well
with brighter days to come.

I am very sorry for you both,

I am very sorry for you both, Jimwel and Terryr.

It's almost impossible to beat a doctor/hospital in a medmal case, with the exception of those few absolutely clear cut and undeniable cases, usually involving death, from which the doc just can't wiggle his way out. Even so, if the doc has the backing of a very affluent medical facility, they most likely have the finest, while most unethical and immoral talent that money can buy. Medmal defense usually incorporates a team of lawyers. Never just one. They brainstorm ways in which to back the plaintiff into a corner, or gag them. With the judges consent.

See what they did to me?

My case is up for appeal. You can read about the case here:

http://www.ratemds.com/social/?q=node/42380

I hope that you are both doing OK.

I just have had to learn to live with my disabilities. I lost everything, including my ability to earn my living. I just want them to have to admit the truth publicly, pay damages, and hopefully change the way they do things so that what happened to me won't happen to anyone else.

I believe that physicians owe a debt to society to put the public good above personal gain. In most cases I have found doctors who put personal gain (in some denomination) above the welfare of their patients. Be it financial gain or that which might enhance their professional reputation, as in risking lives merely to gather information.

Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for the feedback Heartthrob. There
are so many of us in the same boat and there's
not a freaking thing we can do about it legally
to string these doctors up by their balls.
I am happy to inform everyone that Doctor
Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY (Long
Island) has settled another out of court case
with a patient. Don't know what the amount is
or what the settlement was for. I hope there
are Long Island, NY patients reading these
valid postings. I was a patient of this doctor,
so I know what I am talking about. Please
go else where if you need any kind of procedures
with this doctor.

Thanks Dan'sBack. I will not

Thanks Dan'sBack. I will not give up and thanks
to this board I have a voice to encourage patients
to be aware. There are some mighty fine nice
docs out their, but you just have these few that
just keep on truckin to the money bank while
deceiving their patients. Beware Of Dr. Sebastian
Lattuga from New Hyde Park, NY (Long Island, Nassau
County).

Quick Update: It's been a

Smiling Quick Update:

It's been a bittersweet year for me, but it continues to get better. The Spinal Cord Stimulator has really helped and am so thankful that there is such a device on the market to help with pain. It seems that it takes a bit of time for your body to adjust to a invasion in your body. Painkillers are not eliminated totally.

I hope my voice on this community has helped someone out there going through the same or similar medical situation that took my quality of life away, because of a greedy doctor.

Quick Update: Continue to do

Smiling Quick Update:

Continue to do well with the Spinal Cord Stimulator. The rechargeable battery that is surgically implanted in your body needs to be replaced every five years, depending on which brand/model. There seems to be 3 different Spinal Cord Stimulators made by three different companies. Some of the companies have rechargeable batteries that are good for 7+ years. Patients need to qualify for the Spinal Cord Stimulator.
In my case, I no longer had any options for anymore surgery, because of what this doctor had done. For pain relief, my new pain management doctor suggested the Stimulator. The two steps for qualification were as follows. First step: Minor trial surgery to determine if this device will give me pain relief. One week later if it works, there is surgery for the permanent. There is no need to suffer in pain when you have technology like this. Year is coming to a bittersweet end. Innocent

Thank you RateMds for giving

Thank you RateMds for giving me the voice to
express my journey with others during the difficult
painful days, months to get some of my quality of
life back. I hope my voice has helped many to avoid
what I went through. I don't know how many have
viewed and read my thread. I also know that there
are good quality, caring doctors out there. You
just have to weed out the bad one's by going to forums
like this. I will keep moving forward and yes would
like to thank the online members who have responded so
kindly. This is not a good bye.

Update: Looks like I might

Update: Looks like I might get a Blessed holiday
gift. Something good is coming down the pipeline
to prove what I've been patiently expressing on
this board is true. When I find out the validity
which I'm convinced is true, you'll be the first
to know about it.

Continue to make the best of a bittersweet outcome
of what happened to me and how I can help others
to avoid this from happening to them.

This is a holiday wish for all who were kind to
offer support on this board. Thank you RateMDS
for giving me the voice to express myself. Thank
you for the compassionate doctors who helped me
recover from what was done to me by a doctor who
was not compassionate.

Have A Happy, Healthy Holiday and New Year 2012

Happy, Healthy Holiday and

Happy, Healthy Holiday and
Happy, Healthy New Year 2012 To All

Again, thanks for your support to
get through a difficult year.

Setback: Painful electrical

Setback:

Painful electrical shocks are returning to my
foot area. Sometimes it's the middle toe, the
big toe, side of the foot, middle of the foot.
Will be checking it out with the doc and the
rep from the company that makes this stimulator.
Updates will follow.

I'm sorry you are having a

I'm sorry you are having a setback. I hope the reason is solved quickly and easily.

Good luck.

Thanks Dan, appreciate it.

Thanks Dan, appreciate it. Probably some adjustments
with the programming.

I know you've been onboard here Dan for awhile, maybe
you can answer this question. I've noticed on other
forums where the number of views are shown, but for
some reason this forum only shows responses. I'm sure
there is a valid reason, was just wondering and your
help would be respectfully appreciated.

jimwel wrote: Thanks Dan,

jimwel wrote:

Thanks Dan, appreciate it. Probably some adjustments
with the programming.

I know you've been onboard here Dan for awhile, maybe
you can answer this question. I've noticed on other
forums where the number of views are shown, but for
some reason this forum only shows responses. I'm sure
there is a valid reason, was just wondering and your
help would be respectfully appreciated.

That's why I'm on this earth, friend. To help when I can.

I don't believe the number of views is available on this site. Only responses.

Your best bet would be to send a message to RateMDsJohn. Be patient, he has many irons in the fire (busy) and he might not be able to respond quickly.

Thanks Dan: Message To

Thanks Dan:

Message To RateMdsJohn:

Can you kindly answer the question why you
don't show the number of views on this forum.
Whatever the reason, Thank you for letting me
have a voice on this forum and hope my story
has helped many.

jimwel wrote: Thanks

jimwel wrote:

Thanks Dan:

Message To RateMdsJohn:

Can you kindly answer the question why you
don't show the number of views on this forum.
Whatever the reason, Thank you for letting me
have a voice on this forum and hope my story
has helped many.

We are having a miss in communication, friend.

You need to access the 'contact us' section under 'other links' in order to contact John (he comes around when I has the time, I suspect).

Sorry about that. Sometimes communication just goes astray.

Smiling

Message For RateMdsJohn Ditto

Message For RateMdsJohn

Ditto message about the views on this forum
which is missing.

I hope you receive a

I hope you receive a response.

Sent a message to John

Sent a message to John through the online contact.
Why are views missing from the forum postings. We
only see responses.

No response from John, why

No response from John, why views are not
posted, just the responses.

Anybody else onboard know the answer. Forums
normally show both the number of views and
the number of responses to the online postings.

Example: you could have 1,000 views and only
5 responses, but at least you know there are
alot of interested people reading your postings
online besides the members onboard.

Katherine? Can this be

Katherine? Can this be determined from behind the curtain?

Drupal's statistics module

Drupal's statistics module includes a counter for each page that increments each time the page is viewed. It's just a matter of setting the necessary permissions so that the counter is visible to users.

I'm not sure how meaningful it would be, though. I think many users simply browse the bulks of unread threads, regardless of their interest.

What might be useful, however, would be some sort of "like/dislike post" icon and counter.

Jeez Mic, you're making me

Jeez Mic, you're making me get a headache. I hope that Jimwel understood that better than I did.

heartthrob wrote: Jeez Mic,

heartthrob wrote:

Jeez Mic, you're making me get a headache. I hope that Jimwel understood that better than I did.

Pam, the system already reports "views" to "Administrators". If that permission is changed to "Users", we'll all see the views counter.

heartthrob wrote: Jeez Mic,

heartthrob wrote:

Jeez Mic, you're making me get a headache. I hope that Jimwel understood that better than I did.

"like" Evil

Thanks for the feedback with

Thanks for the feedback with the Drupal's
Statistics Module for someone to set the
necessary permissions so the online users
can see a visible counter of viewers.

Setback over the weekend. In

Setback over the weekend. In pain. The incision
on the side has been very painful and sensitive to
the touch. Its been almost a year now and the
incision should have been healed by now. It's like
I just got out of surgery. The scar is red. Have
to visit with the surgeon this week and hope it's
nothing internal with the wires and battery. Will
keep you posted with the outcome.

Good luck, Jimwel. Hope it is

Good luck, Jimwel. Hope it is just a minor setback and will be easily taken care of. Pain sucks.
I wish you well.

jimwel wrote: Setback over

jimwel wrote:

Setback over the weekend. In pain. The incision
on the side has been very painful and sensitive to
the touch. Its been almost a year now and the
incision should have been healed by now. It's like
I just got out of surgery. The scar is red. Have
to visit with the surgeon this week and hope it's
nothing internal with the wires and battery. Will
keep you posted with the outcome.

I would be concerned that it's an infection; see a doctor ASAP.

Thanks for the feedback

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

Update:

For the past few weeks have been running around
to the hospital. The doctor checked out the scar
where I was having alot of pain and said there is
probably no infection. Indicated there is no pus
oozing from the scar. There is also no odor which
are all indications of a problem. Finally was able
to connect with the company rep who makes this
device at the hospital to make adjustments. Increase
the vibrations that will cover my pain areas. Everything
seems to be back to normal and feel much better.

You can sue or file a

You can sue or file a complaint with the DA if you signed for the micro surgery only. Or you can file a complaint with the NY Medical Board. Unfortunately the NY Board is even worse than the CA Medical Board for consumer protection. I have lived in both states and had a NY license and still have a CA one. So I know.

Jean E. Howard M.D.

Jean E. Howard M.D. wrote:

You can sue or file a complaint with the DA if you signed for the micro surgery only. Or you can file a complaint with the NY Medical Board. Unfortunately the NY Board is even worse than the CA Medical Board for consumer protection. I have lived in both states and had a NY license and still have a CA one. So I know.

Thank you kindly Dr. Howard for responding. I'm assuming that the Micro Surgery that you refer to is the Spinal Cord Simulator Surgery that I had a year ago.
Very briefly, I don't have issues with this surgery, however I do have issues with the major back surgery that I had with the doctor who deceived me, took my patients rights away and took my quality of life away, because of what he did. I almost lost my life. Many attempts were made for litergation. The hospital, doctor all protect themselves legally with consent approval. Lawyers do not want to touch a case with consent forms. I consented to less invasive surgery, but the doctor somehow was able to get approval for major surgery and it's not the first time. Statute OF Limitations has run out, so it's just a matter of time before this doctor makes a major mistake, gets caught, loses his license and maybe a civil suit will show better results. There are good doctors and there are greedy doctors.

HI jimwel, I recently had a

HI jimwel,

I recently had a microdiscectomy. When I was in the hospital they must have asked me 10 times what procedure I was having done and where. Every time a new person walked in the room I had to give my name, date of birth, procedure, and the location of the procedure. When I got to the OR I was asked again and this was 10 minutes after I just saw my doctor and other OR people. I am pretty sure it was the hospital policy rather than the doctors. It seems ridiculous but I can understand why they do it, and I did not mind at all. I found it very reassuring.

Before my surgery the doctor marked the location of the surgery. The nurse made him come back and put his signature as that was the hospital policy. The hospital was definitely running the show.

Did you ever complain to the hospital? You may be able to get them to change some of their policies.

gagal wrote: HI jimwel, I

gagal wrote:

HI jimwel,

I recently had a microdiscectomy. When I was in the hospital they must have asked me 10 times what procedure I was having done and where. Every time a new person walked in the room I had to give my name, date of birth, procedure, and the location of the procedure. When I got to the OR I was asked again and this was 10 minutes after I just saw my doctor and other OR people. I am pretty sure it was the hospital policy rather than the doctors. It seems ridiculous but I can understand why they do it, and I did not mind at all. I found it very reassuring.

Before my surgery the doctor marked the location of the surgery. The nurse made him come back and put his signature as that was the hospital policy. The hospital was definitely running the show.

Did you ever complain to the hospital? You may be able to get them to change some of their policies.

Thanks kindly for responding GAGAL. Hope you are doing
well. You were very fortunate to have a hospital who goes out of their way to protect the patients and protect themselves from litergation.

Micro Discectomy is a less invasive surgery with a less
invasive incision of one inch. Surgery can be done in an hour. Assuming that you read my original posting in this thread of what happened. It went from less invasive to major and this happened while I was waiting in the OR and this doctor didn't even give me the chance to respond of what a implant was. I was in ICU for a few days and just recently, my primary doctor tells me that I almost died and pain management doctors tell me the major surgery that this doctor did was not necessary. The surgery wasn't done right and revision is to risky, so my only other option was to go with the stimulator for pain. This surgery was all about the money and workmens comp approving and paying for it, because that's what Dr. Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY wanted to do. All the hospital did was sign me up, no questions. You put trust in the medical to take care of you. Times have changed.

Take good care of yourself GAGAL

Update: It's been a month now

Update:

It's been a month now since I had a setback.
Happy to say everything is back to normal and
didn't require any surgery to fix anything.
Back to square one with taking pain killers in
addition to using the Spinal Cord Stimulator.
Thanks everyone for you kind comments.

Filing a complaint with the

Filing a complaint with the medical board may make your anger flow better but thats as far as it goes. Med boards are run by drs. so getting some disciplinary action from them usually requires a criminal course. If you say this story to be true, which I am sure it is, isn't the same as proving it. Although we all know this to be a felony, getting a county attny to file charges through clinical improprieties will only reveal another circle of corruption. But it must be done that you continue to pursue this hack; write complaints, and never let up. Write bad evals through places like Angies' list, here, and many others that are now destitute for evals. The word will get out. Write to chief of surgery of the hospital where you had the surgery. All states have regulartory agencies; write to them. Do it for the next patient, a neighbor. The more who know will ultimately result in less business.

anonymous758 wrote: Filing a

anonymous758 wrote:

Filing a complaint with the medical board may make your anger flow better but thats as far as it goes. Med boards are run by drs. so getting some disciplinary action from them usually requires a criminal course.

The medical boards want to preserve the reputation of the doctor and educate him to do better the next time. I agree with this in theory; doctors will make mistakes and will need to learn to do better, and compassion is better than having them wear the Scarlet Letter.

anonymous758 wrote:

If you say this story to be true, which I am sure it is, isn't the same as proving it. Although we all know this to be a felony, getting a county attny to file charges through clinical improprieties will only reveal another circle of corruption.

Police are not nterested in complaints against doctors. Lawyers are interested if the harm is financially worthwhile for them to pursue.

Even if a patient's story is true, the battle against the medical board and legal system is like David and Goliath, and it's a battle which could take years to fight and have no winners - except future patients. But you can't let it take over your life - especially if you have people in your life who need you.

anonymous758 wrote:

But it must be done that you continue to pursue this hack; write complaints, and never let up. Write bad evals through places like Angies' list, here, and many others that are now destitute for evals. The word will get out. Write to chief of surgery of the hospital where you had the surgery. All states have regulartory agencies; write to them. Do it for the next patient, a neighbor. The more who know will ultimately result in less business.

Hopefully whatever the doctor did to you to cause you to take a stand will make him reflect and be a better doctor for future patients. I do think it's important that you contact the medical board with the facts as you know them, and allow the medical board to handle it. If they prefer not to handle it at least you'll know that you tried. Perhaps they will keep your complaint on file. Perhaps if your specific complaint reaches a critical number of complaints, they will take your complaint seriously.

While I still believe that the vast majority of doctors deserve the protection and support of medical boards and the legal system, doctors need to know that they are in a position of trust, and they cannot betray that trust and remain fully protected.
If you state the facts and only the facts, it's not libel. But then again, the doctor could turn around and try to sue you anyways, and you'll need to spend time and money defending yourself.

Everything that you post can be used against you. David had it easier.

I don’t know this for sure,

I don’t know this for sure, but I don’t think the medical board is in the business of educating doctors to do a better job. As far as I know they investigate, refer to the appropriate office, and take action if necessary which may result in a fine, taking away their license, public reprimand, jail, or whatever.

The medical board does not give spankings, time outs or letters stating "don’t do this again" as far as I know. They either did something wrong or did not.

I believe most people in the US bypass the medical board and go straight to court.

I am glad things are going well for you, jimwel. Sorry if you already answered this in a previous post, but did you file a complaint with the medical board?

gagal wrote: I don’t know

gagal wrote:

I don’t know this for sure, but I don’t think the medical board is in the business of educating doctors to do a better job. As far as I know they investigate, refer to the appropriate office, and take action if necessary which may result in a fine, taking away their license, public reprimand, jail, or whatever.

Huh?

Medical licensure boards do one thing, and one thing, only. They grant, suspend, and revoke licenses. They can levy costs of investigations and assess doctor members fines, but only under the threat of license revocation. If a doctor consents to the levying of fines as part of membership, a board has a legal bssis on which to sue a member doctor for such.

I have followed quite a number of complaint hearings against doctors, in both Canada and the US, and it's not often that I've seen a board refer a complaint to law enforcement. I've seen evidentiary reports on a case in the US against a doctor who was accused of rape by his patient, and the evidence was very compelling. Suffice it to say that it contained two sets of DNA. That DNA report was prepared by the FBI's forensics lab. The physician received a three month suspension, a one year prohibition from prescribing Schedule II drugs, and wsa required to take courses regarding the employment of opioid medications. (One had been used to sedate the patient.)

Throughout the invstigation and hearing, and following these, no complaint was made to law enforcement by the medical board.

anonymous758 wrote: Write to

anonymous758 wrote:

Write to chief of surgery of the hospital where you had the surgery.

Exercise caution in doing this. Anything you write to the hospital could be used against you if the doctor obtains a copy, or more so, if you end up suing the doctor and making the hospital a third party to the lawsuit.

Usually, writing "WITHOUT PREJUDICE" above the salutation will suffice in preventing your words from being used prejudiciously (against you), but you should check with a laywer regarding this, first.

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
gagal wrote:

I don’t know this for sure, but I don’t think the medical board is in the business of educating doctors to do a better job. As far as I know they investigate, refer to the appropriate office, and take action if necessary which may result in a fine, taking away their license, public reprimand, jail, or whatever.

Huh?

Medical licensure boards do one thing, and one thing, only. They grant, suspend, and revoke licenses. They can levy costs of investigations and assess doctor members fines, but only under the threat of license revocation. If a doctor consents to the levying of fines as part of membership, a board has a legal bssis on which to sue a member doctor for such.

I have followed quite a number of complaint hearings against doctors, in both Canada and the US, and it's not often that I've seen a board refer a complaint to law enforcement. I've seen evidentiary reports on a case in the US against a doctor who was accused of rape by his patient, and the evidence was very compelling. Suffice it to say that it contained two sets of DNA. That DNA report was prepared by the FBI's forensics lab. The physician received a three month suspension, a one year prohibition from prescribing Schedule II drugs, and wsa required to take courses regarding the employment of opioid medications. (One had been used to sedate the patient.)

Throughout the invstigation and hearing, and following these, no complaint was made to law enforcement by the medical board.

Huh? LOL

Are you saying my state medical board does not investigate complaints and in some cases refer them to the attorney general?

A simple yes or no will do. Evil

Oh, what the heck. I Googled it myself: "The Medical Board is responsible for investigating complaints and disciplining physicians and other allied health professionals who violate the law. If a doctor or other Board licensee appears to have violated the laws that apply to the practice of medicine, Board staff will investigate and charges may be filed."

gagal

gagal wrote:
MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
gagal wrote:

I don’t know this for sure, but I don’t think the medical board is in the business of educating doctors to do a better job. As far as I know they investigate, refer to the appropriate office, and take action if necessary which may result in a fine, taking away their license, public reprimand, jail, or whatever.

Medical licensure boards do one thing, and one thing, only. They grant, suspend, and revoke licenses. They can levy costs of investigations and assess doctor members fines, but only under the threat of license revocation. If a doctor consents to the levying of fines as part of membership, a board has a legal bssis on which to sue a member doctor for such.

Are you saying my state medical board does not investigate complaints and in some cases refer them to the attorney general?

A simple yes or no will do. Evil

Oh, what the heck. I Googled it myself: "The Medical Board is responsible for investigating complaints and disciplining physicians and other allied health professionals who violate the law. If a doctor or other Board licensee appears to have violated the laws that apply to the practice of medicine, Board staff will investigate and charges may be filed."

I'm saying that medical boards don't lay criminal charges or meet out judicial punishment. Smiling

Thank you everybody for

Thank you everybody for taking the time to
give me additional options to file a complaint
with The Medical Board even though it's run
by doctors. Enough complaints will give them
a wakeup call to at least investigate before
it gets to the media. My experience has shown
and proven that doctors have a code of silence
among themselves even when they really don't
like each other. A doctor will not testify on
behalf of a patient against another doctor. However
they will do a 15 minute consultation over the
telephone with a lawyer for $600.00. It's all
about the money. The doctors, the hospitals.
It's unfortunate the few bad apples make it harder
for the good wonderful caring medical people out
there.

Update: Everything seems to

Update:

Everything seems to be back to normal and
hope everyone going through similar circumstances
are doing well also. For your own information,
these Spinal Cord Stimulators have their limits
to help with pain. They sometimes need adjustments,
so you pay a visit to the hospital where the rep
of the equipment can be found to do that. Rechargeable
battery has a life of five years, then its back to
surgery. Don't take your quality of life for granted,
it can be taking away in a split second.

Did you make a complaint to

Did you make a complaint to the Medical Board or are you undecided?

wishandaprayer wrote: Did you

wishandaprayer wrote:

Did you make a complaint to the Medical Board or are you undecided?

Answer: Undecided. It's just a matter of time before it catches up to a doctor like Dr. Sebastian Lattuga of New Hyde Park, NY to lose his license. This is not the first time that he screwed up. I'm aware of someone in the medical field that he screwed up their quality of life with the surgery that was done. Just remember the name Sebastian Lattuga. There are great wonderful caring quality doctors out there and unfortunately this doctor is not one of them. He might have been a good doctor at one time. Be careful and don't rush into anything.

Everyone makes mistakes and

Everyone makes mistakes and ours is really not to judge,

or maybe I have that wrong.

I honestly don't know at this point.

I do know that doctors should be allowed to make mistakes; they are, afterall, just human.

It's how they treat the patient after making the mistake, and how they ensure that it doesn't happen again which makes all the difference in my eyes.

wishandaprayer

wishandaprayer wrote:

Everyone makes mistakes and ours is really not to judge,

or maybe I have that wrong.

I honestly don't know at this point.

I do know that doctors should be allowed to make mistakes; they are, afterall, just human.

It's how they treat the patient after making the mistake, and how they ensure that it doesn't happen again which makes all the difference in my eyes.

THIS WAS NOT A MISTAKE, It was intentional deception. Kindly
read my first posting to refresh your memory.

That sounds irresponsible and

That sounds irresponsible and a cop out. A doctor should be allowed to make mistakes? No, they are the hierarchy of the system and should be accountable like any other job. They should be reviewing notes and making sure there is thorough follow-up in a timely matter and have acceptable communication skills with the patient, family and caregivers. They should not be relying on every idiot who makes a note. They should be reviewing those notes and investigating when something is off.

Everyone makes mistakes, and

Everyone makes mistakes, and intentional deception is a very bad mistake to make. Patients need to realize that doctors can and sometimes will, make mistakes.

wishandaprayer

wishandaprayer wrote:

Everyone makes mistakes, and intentional deception is a very bad mistake to make. Patients need to realize that doctors can and sometimes will, make mistakes.

Wisher, "intentional" anything, much less "deception", is not a "mistake", unless, of course, it fails. Laughing out loud

MicOnTheNorthShore

MicOnTheNorthShore wrote:
wishandaprayer wrote:

Everyone makes mistakes, and intentional deception is a very bad mistake to make. Patients need to realize that doctors can and sometimes will, make mistakes.

Wisher, "intentional" anything, much less "deception", is not a "mistake", unless, of course, it fails. Laughing out loud

Sometimes it takes hindsight, to see that the intentional action was a mistake.

And I believe that sometimes the CMPA's (lawyer's) actions discourage this hindsight, and that too is a mistake.

Mistakes cause harm, and require our willingness to learn from them, and when the medical oversight systems are ineffective, it is my hope that this site, or similar sites, can have a good effect on the doctor's future care.

The INTENTIONAL DECEPTION was

The INTENTIONAL DECEPTION was not a mistake, so please stop referring to it as a mistake until you have walked in my shoes of what he did, not only to me, but to other
patients. I have done my best to explain in detail exactly what happened. This was not a mistake, it was deliberate intentional deception. The doctor covered his butt, the hospital covered their butt and the patient is hung out to dry in leftfield with all the other patients that he screwed up their surgery, took their quality of life away forever. Those might have been mistakes. DELIBERATE INTENTIONAL DECEPTION IS NOT A MISTAKE, IT'S A CRIME.

Happy Mothers Day 2012

I am very sorry if my words

I am very sorry if my words were upsetting to you; you've been through enough without having my words upset you.

Mother's Day was good, thanks! Smiling

wishandaprayer wrote: I am

wishandaprayer wrote:

I am very sorry if my words were upsetting to you; you've been through enough without having my words upset you.

Mother's Day was good, thanks! Smiling

Thank you kindly WishAndAPrayer. Appreciate that. I am BLESSED to be alive and to cherish my six grandchildren.
Also had a wonderful Happy Mother's Day with the family

Update June.10, 2012 MRI Bad

Update June.10, 2012

MRI Bad News:

The MRI of the Thoracic Spine shows bulging at L2-L3, bulging at L4-L5, bulging at T9-T10.

MRI of the Lumbar Spine shows protrusion L1 to the left,
L2-L3 and L3-L4 posterior disc bulge, L4-L5 broad based central subligamentous disc herniation, tarlov cyst.

These issues are after the Laminectomy with posterior fusion (L5-S1)and deceptive surgery by a deceptive greedy doctor who convinced me that there would be no major surgery. Watch your back, become proactive with any decisions about what some of these doctors will do to your body. Ask questions, get second/third opinions.

jimwel wrote: Watch your

jimwel wrote:

Watch your back, become proactive with any decisions about what some of these doctors will do to your body. Ask questions, get second/third opinions.

Excellent advice jimwel.

Getting those second and third opinions might seem unnecessary, and people might be fearful of asking too many questions of their doctor, but I hope that people can learn from your experience and get those second and third opinions prior to undergoing any elective surgery.

..."I would personally find

..."I would personally find it very uncomfortable to REFUSE a second opinion if the patient requests it....I find to refuse this becomes more confrontational with the patient and only serves to erode the relationship.The one or 2 times I have refused(and I say refused but it really was my explaining why and not just telling the patient NO!)was where there had been multiple opinions on the same problem or I really knew that the 3rd or 4th opinion would not change the management of the patient!But I have NEVER refused a 2nd opinion...I figure I am the family doc and I cant possibly know it all and if the patient wants to seek more expert advice it can only help me learn as well!I dont know that there are any RULES about this but certainly Here in Ont OHIP does outline that 2nd opinions are covered as a medical expense and should be given if asked. I think also to not give it and later find out a diagnosis was wrong or missed would make one liable to a suit for refusing to refer!..."

This is a family doctor's opinion of 2nd opinions.

Don't be afraid to ask.

wishandaprayer wrote: jimwel

wishandaprayer wrote:
jimwel wrote:

Watch your back, become proactive with any decisions about what some of these doctors will do to your body. Ask questions, get second/third opinions.

Excellent advice jimwel.

Getting those second and third opinions might seem unnecessary, and people might be fearful of asking too many questions of their doctor, but I hope that people can learn from your experience and get those second and third opinions prior to undergoing any elective surgery.

I hate when doctors refer to a surgery as elective.

Since you won’t die from your condition it is considered elective? Puzzled

One does have a choice to remain in excruciating pain I suppose, thus making the surgery a choice.

My choices were suicide or surgery. I chose the elective surgery first. Smiling

Jimwel, I am sorry to hear

Jimwel, I am sorry to hear that. My dad had a laminectomy and fusion of L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and down to the sacrum…rods and screws fused with cadaver bone and titanium rods and screws. Also a discectomy- anterior C5, C6, C7 removed discs and replaced with cadaver bone and titanium plates with screws.

I just copied and pasted what my dad dictated to me which I have recorded for the future if I should have similar issues.

I can say my dad is completely pain free at the ripe old age of 87. He reminds me a lot of Twain in that he hopes to live forever. He goes to the gym every day. My dad has an excellent attitude and nothing ever gets him down.

I just want you to know there is hope. I might also add the doctor who performed an excellent procedure on my dad lost his license for botching a surgery on a shoulder which was out of his realm of expertise. It is a shame because he was a great surgeon. I don’t know what compelled him to do a surgery out of his scope.

You really do have to be careful, do your homework, and ask a lot of questions. I wish you well and hope everything works out for you.

You know what I wish? I wish

You know what I wish?

I wish that people could easily access all of their medical information on the computer, just like they can access their financial records.

Then, if they didn't understand something, or they had questions which remained unanswered, they could hire an independent medical opinion provider who could advise them of what would be the best option for them given their particular circumstances.

Maybe with the cutbacks that Chris was talking about, some doctors in Ontario could start up a business like this to help make ends meet?

gagal wrote: Jimwel, I am

gagal wrote:

Jimwel, I am sorry to hear that. My dad had a laminectomy and fusion of L1, L2, L3, L4, L5, and down to the sacrum…rods and screws fused with cadaver bone and titanium rods and screws. Also a discectomy- anterior C5, C6, C7 removed discs and replaced with cadaver bone and titanium plates with screws.

I just copied and pasted what my dad dictated to me which I have recorded for the future if I should have similar issues.

I can say my dad is completely pain free at the ripe old age of 87. He reminds me a lot of Twain in that he hopes to live forever. He goes to the gym every day. My dad has an excellent attitude and nothing ever gets him down.

I just want you to know there is hope. I might also add the doctor who performed an excellent procedure on my dad lost his license for botching a surgery on a shoulder which was out of his realm of expertise. It is a shame because he was a great surgeon. I don’t know what compelled him to do a surgery out of his scope.

You really do have to be careful, do your homework, and ask a lot of questions. I wish you well and hope everything works out for you.

Sorry to hear your DaD's been to hell and back with all the surgeries. Happy to hear that he's doing well, pain free, active. Appreciate the feedback.

Thank you all for responding.

Thank you all for responding. Your words keep me going on this long painful journey. Have A Blessed Day

I agree with having access to

I agree with having access to your medical information via the internet in a safe secure environment.

Also, it should be mandatory that every hospital have a focused patient advocate who represents the patient and not the hospital or doctor. Someone who clearly explains everything from admission with all the paperwork that is required for presurgery so the patient understands completely what is going to take place. This would be good for the patient, hospital, doctor, health insurance provider. This would help to avoid any deceptions before surgery. The way it is now in some of these facilities, everything is rush, rush. The hospital rushes you to fill out the paperwork, the doctor doesn't want to be messing around on the day of surgery to spend some time with you to make sure you as a patient clearly knows what will take place. If what you were told in a office visit doesn't match up with what you're being told on the day of surgery. Refuse to have that surgery. And I'm not referring to something that is found after the surgeon opens you up that was not found on a MRI. I am referring to office visits where the doctor convinces you that you have a minor problem that can be corrected with minor surgery and then on the day of surgery just before you're brought into the operating room, your doctor/surgeon who you trusted, informs you that you're going to have major surgery, walks away and doesn't give you a chance to respond. If quality of life means anything to you, trust me, this happened to me and it could happen to you.

jimwel wrote: Also, it should

jimwel wrote:

Also, it should be mandatory that every hospital have a focused patient advocate...

A patient advocate could help to ensure good communication, respect, empathy and the prevention of harm.

But they shouldn't be necessary; all members of the healthcare team should be patient advocates.

Update: 07-13-2012 Problems,

Update: 07-13-2012

Problems, Problems

Having a problem getting a Pain Management doctor
to complete a question on a Workmens Compensation
Form C-4.3 Doctor's Report Of MMI (Maximum Medical
Improvement/Work Status)

Question E. that the doctor refuses to fill out,
because it's not his expertise.

Question: Permanent Impairment/Work Status:

1- Is there permanent impairment: Yes

Body Part: Impairment %:

Describe findings & relevant test results.

Have only been seeing the Pain Management Doctor
since 2009. I don't know what to do now. Where
do I now find a doctor who can answer this question.

I have even informed my lawyer about this and he just
told me to find a doctor. Easier said then done.

Feedback from somebody in a similar situation to
resolve this ASAP.

Someday I would like to come onboard here with some
great news that I'm doing jumpingJacks, going to the
gym for a workout, swimming, but for now it's wishful
thinking that probably won't happen.

Another month bites the dust.

Another month bites the dust. I just don't know where the days/months/years go.

Still dealing with these dam forms for workers comp. It's been a fairly nice summer this year and hope everyone else is doing well.

Workers Comp Crap. Just

Workers Comp Crap. Just received a letter that
they want to reduce my payments. Back to court
with the lawyer. What a life. Dealing with doctors
that don't want to signoff on forms, but they have
the nerve to charge a lawyer $600.00 for a 15
minute phone consultation. It's all about the
money.

Better News. Another

Better News. Another doctor/surgeon who I've
seen will write a letter on my behalf to this
doctor who refuses to fill in the Workers
Compensation Form in regards to the percentage
of my disability. Looking for a better outcome.
NEVER GIVE UP.

Wow! Your story is so sad,

Wow! Your story is so sad, yet encouraging. Keep up the good fight! I cannot believe any doctor could do that, but when money comes into play, anything can happen... I'll keep you in my prayers. Good luck.

proudmom75 wrote: Wow! Your

proudmom75 wrote:

Wow! Your story is so sad, yet encouraging. Keep up the good fight! I cannot believe any doctor could do that, but when money comes into play, anything can happen... I'll keep you in my prayers. Good luck.

Thank you kindly. Responses like yours make me stronger
to keep going forward. It's unfortunate that money can
be the root of all evil when it comes to greedy doctors
that deceive you. I WILL NOT GIVE UP.

Good Update: Was able to get

Good Update:

Was able to get a letter from a doctor/surgeon
to prove my disability to the court. The outcome
will be decided on in two months.

Side Note: Don't let Worker's Compensation jerk
you around either. Get yourself a good Worker's
Comp lawyer that will represent you on court visits
and don't rush into any settlements, because you
don't receive 100%. Your lawyer gets his share
which is determined by the court. Percentage is
put into escrow for future surgeries related to
your injury.

Life Is A Challenge. It was

Life Is A Challenge. It was just a matter
of time before Mother Nature hit Long Island,
NY with a major hurricane and major damage,
loss of property, life.

All I know, a Higher Power was looking over me
and the community that I live in. We never lost
electric power, some damages with trees. Dealing
with gas shortages, long lines, but I'm okay and
feel for the other communities that didn't do
well.

Still dealing with Workers Comp to receive what I'm
entitled to.

Why do I always seem to be

Why do I always seem to be returning to square one.
Between the doctors, lawyers, and workers comp,
I'm getting fed up. The settlement is not enough
after the lawyer gets his fee, Workers Comp puts
X number of dollars in escrow. My main concern
is future surgeries that is currently being covered
by workers comp plus a small income which they
keep reducing to force me to settle.

My now quality of life is visiting doctors,
lawyer consultations, court dates, medications.

I might be alive, still dealing with electrical
painful shocks to my feet from the bone impinging
on the nerve from the surgery with no options.
ANYMORE SURGERY WOULD BE TO RISKY

Bitter Sweet Painful Year

Bitter Sweet Painful Year 2012!

Would like to thank everyone onboard who offered
support during this painful depressing time in my
life. Would like to thank RateMDs for giving me
the voice to express myself and maybe help someone
that is in the same situation. I hope I've educated
some during this medical journey that seems to have
no end to it. I just want the pain to go away and
move forward with my life which I cannot do, because
of limits/restrictions.

Yes, looking forward to 2013 with my beautiful six
grandchildren who keep me busy and alive. Young
children know and understand that you're in pain.

Everyone have a Happy, Healthy, Joyous, Prosperous
Holiday/New Year 2013

I came across the works of

I came across the works of Eustace Mullins who was harassed by the government for exposing "the system". His books have been taken out of circulation and he was considered a political criminal for exposing Federal Reserve, our medical system and such. However, his collection can be downloaded from the website dedicated to him: http://www.eustacemullins.us/works/ or go directly to http://www.eustacemullins.us/wp-content/works/Books/ for a list of his books.

I started reading "Eustace Mullins - Murder by Injection; The Story of the Medical Conspiracy Against America (1988)"...I think one can find many answers here. Let me know your thoughts.

Sorry, the comment got posted

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Back To Square One With

Back To Square One With WC.

Workers Comp cut my check in half. They
are trying to put the pressure on me to
settle which I can't, because of future
surgeries that they will have to cover
and it's cheaper for them to settle with
a lump sum.

Recently had to go back to court with my
lawyer to dispute the findings of the
Workers Comp doctors which is their job
to dispute what my doctors findings are
that I'm 100% disable and can no longer
work. Even went to the state to prove
that I am not capable of doing any work
at this time, so I don't qualify for any
training.

My lawyer presented his case with a closing
summation and workers comp presented their
dispute with a summation. So now it's up
to the judge to review everything presented
and make a final decision. If I don't get
what I am seeking, my lawyer will appeal and
we'll present our case to a higher court.

As you can see 2013 is not starting out to
well for me. I will keep you posted. I have
a voice to tell my story online here and I
hope it will save as many as possible from
going through a similar ordeal like this.
As a patient, you need to be in charge, you
need to be able to make decisions of what a
doctor can do to your body.

Everyone have a Happy, Healthier New Year 2013

jimwel wrote: Back To Square

jimwel wrote:

Back To Square One With WC.

Workers Comp cut my check in half. They
are trying to put the pressure on me to
settle which I can't, because of future
surgeries that they will have to cover
and it's cheaper for them to settle with
a lump sum.

Recently had to go back to court with my
lawyer to dispute the findings of the
Workers Comp doctors which is their job
to dispute what my doctors findings are
that I'm 100% disable and can no longer
work. Even went to the state to prove
that I am not capable of doing any work
at this time, so I don't qualify for any
training.

My lawyer presented his case with a closing
summation and workers comp presented their
dispute with a summation. So now it's up
to the judge to review everything presented
and make a final decision. If I don't get
what I am seeking, my lawyer will appeal and
we'll present our case to a higher court.

As you can see 2013 is not starting out to
well for me. I will keep you posted. I have
a voice to tell my story online here and I
hope it will save as many as possible from
going through a similar ordeal like this.
As a patient, you need to be in charge, you
need to be able to make decisions of what a
doctor can do to your body.

Everyone have a Happy, Healthier New Year 2013

We were informed that we won the case and scheduled to return to court for the outcome from the judge. Workers Comp lawyer(s) decides to appeal the decision, so back to court to prove that I'm totally disabled and unable to work.

If you're not dealing with the doctor that screwed your quality of life, you're dealing with workers comp lawyers in court. I will win.
To Be Continued

Lawyer Is Back To Square

Lawyer Is Back To Square One.

Went back to court for the judges decision.
Outcome: Workers Comp Lawyers appealed, so
my lawyer is back to square one with proven
my disability. Will also take it to a higher
court. Never Give Up

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