Hi all, I am !3 days post op, full ALIF, no augmentation from back. Instrumentation, cage, ped screws, rod & plate autograph from iliac crest.
Spent 5 days on hospital, surgery went well, had top NS & vascular surgeon handle approach & close. Obviously I am in serious pain, but every day a little better. Lots of meds keeping me sane.
had a middle of the night run to ER other night due to severe leg pain, couple of shots and I was good to go!
Ok, besides the obvious, my belly is SO swollen. I went to NS for incision check friday, nurse was taken back by a large lemon like mass
above and off to the side of incision. I too had noticed it
But due to the massive belly swelling was not very concerned, she had me wait for one of the docs took at. I started thinking hernia. NS, had no clue...he paged my doc who said to send me to vascular doc ASAP for review.
Oh, BTW, @ this point I had only had 1 BM since surgery, only when NS gave me mag citrate (wow). Ok, so vascular surgeon says not sure what this mass is, dosen't think it is hernia, but even if it is can not do anything about that now, basically, wait 2-3 months and we will see, says it could be scar tissues (give me a break!) 8 days after surgery can u have so much scar tissue?
Has anyone had this type of fusion? Has anyone had this type of mass? Again it is above surgical sight.
Vascular did nice close all stitches are internal and just steri strips on skin - is that normal? When should steri strips fall off? Next appt with NS is Sept 13, any thoughts, suggestions or advice, would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for listening!