I have been reading this forum for some time and thought it may be useful to post some of the complications that my wife is having as a result of her L5-S1 pedicle screw fusion she had on February 22, 2010 to possibly get some feedback. She had a laminectomy/discectomy on the same site 3 years ago.
Currently we are about 9 weeks post-op and my wife has extreme swelling in her feet, ankles, legs and thighs up to the surgery site. The swelling began 2 days after the surgery. She is able to move about but with extreme difficulty. I am hoping that someone may have some advice from their surgery or experience that may help us.
The swelling is least pronounced in the morning but progresses immediately upon become active. We have seen the doctor who performed the surgery at 6 wks and 8 wks post-op and he seems to think that the swelling is due to inactivity. He prescribed her with lasix and compression stockings. Unfortunately the swelling is so extreme that the legs need to be wrapped by a nurse to try to get the swelling down so the stockings are a moot point.
I don't believe the swelling is due to inactivity because the swelling progresses throughout the day and is at it's worst in the late evening. We try to be mobile and go out to appointments and she tries to come shopping but she is forced to use a walker as she cannot get around properly and her mobility is extremely impaired.
She raises her legs when she goes to bed with 8 pillows arranged in such a way that it would make the builders of the pyramids jealous.
I am wondering if anyone else has had the same swelling as my wife and if the found a diagnosis.
The pain she is feeling in her back and the legs is extreme and we are desperate to find out what is going on.