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5 days post op fusion L-4-5-S1

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
I seem to be doing really well. Obviously, it hurts but nothing more that i expected. However, last night I got a lot of pain in my right uppper calf. My wife looked at it and said it was significantly larger than the other calf? ....any ideas?

I left a message for my surgeon but am anxious to know if anyone has experienced the same thing???


  • Does your calf show any redness besides of being swollen and painful? That could be the sign of a blood cloth, that could be serious. I don't want to alarm you, but I would call the surgeon's office immediately, and try to talk to a live person. Is there an advise nurse at your medical office? or even you PCP could help. Please try to get an answer asap.

    Best wishes,

  • I agree with Kin. One of the more serious and potential life-threatening complications of spine surgery is a blood clot in the leg. That is why most doctors insist on compression stockings/manipulation during surgery and for a few days postop until you are up and walking without problem.
    Anytime you spend long periods in a supine or seated position, the blood flow slows and a clot can form. Should a part of the clot break off, it can travel to the lungs through the bloodstream and cause a pulmonary embolus.
    Symptoms include swelling of the calf, warmth and redness to the area and pain with pointing your toes downward. It is easily diagnosed with physical exam and a doppler test. I would contact your doctor and get seen as soon as possible.
    After having such an extensive surgery, you do not want to risk everything from a blood clot.
    Keep us posted on the results!
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