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Swollen knee ,calf and ankle

iowarobiniiowarobin Posts: 1,268
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a 2 level PLIF and discectomey in Dec. A month ago my knee was swollen up and I called my surgeon. He said to see an ortho surgeon here as it is a 2 hour drive there. Well the swelling went away in a couple days. So I forgot it. Now for the past week it has swollen again. nd is painful. Can it be DVT this far past my surgery or not. Anyone have this happen?


  • Sure could be a dvt. Also, is the pain extreme? could be compartment syndrome but usually that is sooner. Measure both calves with a tape measure to note the difference and have objective info. I would seriously recommend going to an ER. DVTs can happen to anyone, surgery or no surgery. Please go to an ER for an ultrasound eval. Measure first, too, and if red, draw an ink line around red area so they can see if it is spreading. I would seriously go to ER.
  • I agree with ernurse....go to the ER and eval.

    Hopefully all you need to do is elevate and ice packs.

    Good luck to you.

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