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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm six months post double lumbar fusion and still have swelling and pain. Wondering if anyone can give any advise?


  • I wish I could give you an answer but I am 10+ weeks post op and I am having the same problem. My lower back around the incision is still swollen and so very tender to the touch ( if someone touches it I scream and basically fall to the floor). My Doctor said it was normal since I had two surgeries so close together. I am very doubtful and feel as if there is something else wrong. Please keep me posted on any new news you get. Good Luck =;
  • I am 17 weeks out of a Laminectomy, Foraminotomy, and mesial facetectomy, at L5 S1, and still have lots of swelling. After talking with the Neurosurgeon today, he said 6 to 9 months before it could all go away! I didn't have any hardware, and thought for sure I would be better by now, but he said "NO", and this is what he usually does see. I had another MRI, and it looked great! So, not sure in your case, but if you are worried, insist on a MRI just to make sure, you are healing as you should be. He also told me it just takes time, and not to overdo, and nerves hurt as they heal, etc. He didn't even see scar tissue. So, if you are worried, trust yourself, and call your Dr. sweetpotatoe57
  • Really? That sure sounds like A LONG TIME. Is you condition different than the norm? Most everything I've read states most people are back to work in 3 months, interesting.
  • Yes, that is what I have been told, and also, the PT told me they see people still have some swelling at 1 year! I know someone that had a microdisk done, and she said it was a simple L5 S1 surgery, and she couldn't do anything for 6 months, and that she had swelling for about 4 months. Mine is acutally better today! It does seem like it goes up later in the day than it use to, but I also was laid up for over a year, and had muscle wasting, and lost my left leg. So, the longer you are laid up, the longer the recovery. I could not even walk on my own until 4 weeks ago. Now I can, and because I have some much to come back from, the Dr. and my son-in-law, who is a surgeon, is not worried at all. Sitting is the hardest for me. Has anyone had the sitting pain? I also get nerve pains, and leg cramps, especially by night time after a long day.
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