Hello everyone! I had an ALIF on the 10th and was supposed to have posterior fusion on the 12th, but it was postponed due to a blood clot. Apparently the surgeon noticed my foot was blue as they were about to sew me up. I had a blood clot in the iliac artery and was patched up with cow vein and put on a blood thinner. After surgery I was put in ICU for three days, then moved to the Ortho Unit for another two days before being discharged. I was feeling pretty good, all things considered, and was up and walking on my own before I left the hospital.
Unfortunately I was only home two days and ended up in the ER. A horrible, throbbing, unceasing pain in the left side of my belly woke me up out of a good sleep. Long story short, a hematoma was causing my pain. Some bleeding naturally occurs in most people after surgery, but because I was on the blood thinner I had a little more than usual. My kidney was swollen and the fluid was pushing on my ureter. I was admitted to the hospital for another five days. The docs scanned, x-rayed, dyed and probed me thoroughly. We will just let the fluid resolve itself over the next three months by utilizing blood thinners. The blood thinners are also a precaution to keep the fluid from pressing on a vein and causing a blood clot.
It all sounds horrible, but other than the temp. pain the first night back in the ER, I am blessed that I am OK. I am not using the pain meds much at night. I'm sitting up on the couch, in the car and walking for a few minutes at a time now. I am looking forward to what the next few weeks have in store for me and feeling even better.