Dr. Young

I recently viewed one of our client's CT scans of his rod & screw placement. The surgeon had put several of the screws through the spinal canal, effectively cutting the volume by 50% or more. Wouldn't this have severely damaged his spinal cord? If not, wouldn't this CAUSE compression of the cord? He confronted his doctor with the films and the doctor's response was "That's the way it's done, and besides it's below your injury site so it doesn't matter." Is it common for the screws for rods to be screwed through the spinal canal? This just seems so preposterous. If this guy had a chance to recover, hasn't this just made it a 1000 times harder or impossible for him to?

Thank you for your time.

Eric Harness,CSCS
Project Walk