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post op concern about surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 19 years old and am 9 weeks post op froma two level lumbar fusion of the L4-L5, L5-S1 vertebrae. The recovery from this seemed to be going well but then recently for about the last week or so there has been great pain around the site of surgery. Along with this some of the symptoms which the surgery was supposed to help and did have returned such as pain down my legs. I did trip over not so long ago and wondered if this may have upset the surgery or whether this is just a normal part of the healing process. Any advice would be greatly welcome.



  • Hi Nathan!

    When you slipped, are you sure you didn't damage the site of the surgery because the 'great pain' you're experiencing sounds as if it could be infection. There's an excellent article on it on this site (see below) if you'd like to read about it.

    If it has become infected, you need to see someone asap, especially as it's already been over a week.

    Anyway, whether it's infected or not, I don't think it's a good sign that you're in this much pain, so regardless of the cause, in your position I'd see a doctor as soon as possible.

    Bye, Val

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