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Is unusual to still have leg pain 9 days post up double ALIF?

BorderlessBBorderless Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all. I had my 2 level ALIF on 8/17. I'm home now and actually went to my first PT session today. I'm healing up nicely but noticed some leg pain. In my previous discectomy the leg pain was goins right away. Is it unusual that I still have it?


  • No its not unusual. Its gonna take some time for everything to settle down.

  • Hang in there! I had leg pain for several months after my 360. It usually depends on how long your nerve was compressed before surgery. The longer the nerve is trapped the longer it usually takes for it to heal.

    9 days is so very in your recovery. Besure to talk with your surgeon and your PT!

    Wishing you the best!
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    Healing takes quite a while. First, they may have moved nerves around during the surgery so that will cause increased pain and sometimes even some new pain. Second, the tissues around the surgical area can be inf lammed at surgery and as you heal. I've had changing nerve pain over the 6 months since my surgery. I just saw my spine doc and showed him a new area in my groin where I had sudden numbness. He said it was completely normal as my activity increased and tissues move around. What he's told me is to watch for improvement and positive changes, but if anything is severe to come back immediately. For example, if I had foot drop on one leg suddenly I'd have to get in to see him exactly since that needs to be addressed immediately.

    My Pain Management doctor has kept me on Neurontin (I get the generic gabapentin) for nerve pain and I know this has helped a lot. I had asked for is pre-surgically knowing I could have new nerve pain after surgery.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
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