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Is this normal

MLT01MMLT01 Posts: 172
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I'm 2 and a half weeks out from my ALIF and post instrumental fusion,,Today I am experiencing allot of pressure in my low back and legs..Not sure if this is part of the healing process..




  • I dont know if what is happening is normal. I think that if you are unsure you need to contact your surgeons office.
  • In a word, probably! Most people have "new" symptoms of sensation and pain at around the two week mark. Usually it is a result of the surgical process.

    Before the surgeon closes, it is customary to introduce some steroid and anti-biotic medication into the surgical area. This stays with the patient for a period of up to two weeks, helps with the worst of the pain and helps to prevent infection while initial healing is taking place. This is why many patients feel somewhat OK for the first two weeks and then experience what seems to be new feelings of discomfort and pain. It is really the body just kind of getting back to a less medicated state and beginning to feel what is actually going on.

    What doctors do not tell you is that a fusion is really a very traumatic experience for the body. It requires a certain amount of carpentry. They drill, saw and pound away in getting the instrumentation into place. People who have observed this surgery end up thinking it is amazing we aren't all more sore and stressed afterward.

    You have had a big surgery and it will take a long time to fully recover. Just take it one day at a time, and before you know it, you will be feeling better. Keep a positive attitude, and rest and walk, rest and walk. Your only job now is to heal and take good care of yourself.

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