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L5 - S1 Surgery 6 Months out ~ ANY HAVE THESE ISSUES?

urluckypennyuurluckypenny Posts: 22
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Wjust want to tell a little part of my ordeal and now am having some issues 6 months out>

Had surgery Oct 20 stayed in hospital 4 days, had cathedore in and tried to remove and urinate before i could leave? Heart rate went up to 136 and fainted, had to stay 3 extra days for observation. Finally came home and for two days felt extremely great (sore), hobbled around with cathedore and walker. Had to come home with cathedore for two weeks {TERRIBLE}.
aBOUT TWO DAYS AFTER BEING HOME STARTED GETTING THE SWEATS AND HOT FLASHES AND THROWING UP {JUST A WARNING SIGN FOR OTHER PATIENTS I WANTED TO THROW IN TO BE AWARE OF}. wENT TO MY LOCAL ER for 5 hours and they diagnosed as a urinary track infection due to the cathedore?? The next morning my wife says it doesnt sound right and calls my surgeon, he orders her to immediately bring my back to Greenville {about 40 minutes away were they did the surgery}. They wanted to test me for a pulmonary embolism and after only 40 minutes there diagnosed me with a embolism in my left lung. Had to stay back in hospital for 5 more days and no have to blood thinner for 6 months.

So after all that really started walking as much as a could daily for 4 months...was feeling geat...But had good days and bad days so it wasnt all easy.

SO HERES MY QUESTION FOR OTHERS? Doc odered me then to physical therapy light at first? after the second day they had me pulling knees to chest and rolling my hips to the left and the right, the next day I couldnt walk. Continued with that for two weeks, then he sent me too work conditioning therapy. 5 days a week for three weeks, 1st week 1:30 hours 5 days a week, second week 2 hours a day for 5 days. Well the 2nd week my left back, left hip socket and groin started hurting? I told the thrapist and they said lets keep an eye on it. In the mornings when i get up my hip socket pops all the way to the bathroom and mostly throughout the day. Getting out of car it pops...back will knot up after walking about two miles.?

I go to the surgeon on wednesday and was wondering if anyone has had trouble with there hip groin hurting six months after surgery? Am I still in recovery after 6 months?


  • Is it possible that you're hurting so much because of the amount of physical therapy you've been given?

    I'm doing physio and core strengthening exercises at home. There's certain exercises with the ball which I was given that sent me straight into a pain spasm for a few days, and I told the physio I wasn't doing them. Twisting exercises are also out for me. There's always alternative exercises or ways of doing a particular exercise which will help you. My sister is an accredited Pilates (and other exercise) instructor, and she's given me strict instructions to only do some exercises and in a certain way.

    I do get some hip and groin pain but it's nothing like the pre-op pain. If I sit for too long at the computer, then I get groin pain which radiates down the inside of my leg. I went for a longer walk yesterday and I've got hip pain, but I can cope with it, just have to walk a little less at one time.

    Perhaps you could reduce your walking to one mile or break it up to two smaller walks a day.

    Can you go to a physio who specialises in spine rehabilitation? (I don't have one near me but I've been given lots of help by my sister).

    From what I've read, recovery takes about 12 months or more. I'm nearly 6 months out and have still got a little way to go.

    Let us know how you go with your surgeon.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • I can't imagine rolling my hips after 6 months. I was told the fusion would take about a year. Of course, I am no expert and only 3 weeks post-op, but maybe you should get another opinion? If something inside of you is saying this is not right, go with your gut.

    I left the hosp 5 days after surgery and ended up back in the ER after two days. A hematoma was pushing on my kidney and ureter (sp?). They have me on blood thinners for the next 3 months. Sorry to hear you have had so much trouble, and I hope you feel better soon!
  • did you initially have? If it was fusion, rolling the hips sounds like too much twisting to me unless you are solidly fused - I have heard it takes one to two years to really be solid (opinions vary on this topic alot). The other thing to think about is alot of people will develop problems with the "next level" of joint after one procedure, in the case of L5-S1 that can translate to SI joint (sacro-iliac) joint dysfunction - which may be that "popping" your describing. A PT who specializes in spine can help with exercises.
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