Hi all. I am 2 weeks (today) post op minimally invasive posterior lumbar interbody fusion of L5-S1. I had no leg numbness before surgery but as soon as I woke up in recoveryy left leg was killing me and was numb. About 1 week post op the numbness seemed to have gotten worse and the pain is constant and horribly unbearable. I can't feel my left leg and foot at. My foot feels like its constantly dipped in ice. It feels like its being electrocuted. It feels tingly all the time. And my toes feel like they are crossed over each other even tho they aren't. My foot is actually warm but just feels cold to me. I talked to my dr about this and he said its normal because of the amount of nerves they have to move around during surgery to place the cage and from the inflammation post op irritating the nerves and said it could take several weeks to months to get better. I was just wondering if anyone else had this, if it was permanent, and if not how long until it got better. Thx!
Also, I had 4 small incisions since I had minimally invasive. The dr used subcuticular sutures where only the ends of the sutures stick out of the skin on either end so no sutures are actually on top of the skin. And then steri strips are placed on top. All of my steri strips have come off but how long until the subq stitches either absorb or fall out or do whatever it is they do and WHAT IS IT they do? Thanks