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Problems, urination, post op ACDF

AshganleyAAshganley Posts: 2
edited 06/14/2013 - 4:48 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, I am new to this, so bare with me. I read posts everyday that you all post and have gotten great info! So thank you! Now that I have had my first surgery, I decided it would be a good idea To join and make a post. So, hello, I'm the newest member! I wasn't able to find a post relating to my problem.

I had ACDF ten days ago. I struggled then and struggling now. I ran fever for 5 days, ranging from 99-103 degrees. Finally broke yesterday and have not had it since. During the night, last night, I woke up because I needed to pee really bad. But, as I was trying to get up, I realized I had already peed in my pants.

This scares me, never has this happened before. I am 34 yrs old and the days of wetting the best stopped 32 years ago! I have the need to go more frenquently since the surgery, I drink water all day. But I have never even come close to going in my pants. Is this related to my surgery, if it isn't, what could cause it, and should I be concerned.

ACDF C 6/7 done

Surgery on thoracic spine to be done on anterior herniation
Shoulder reconstruction also to be done
ACDF done June 4, 2013
Thoracic surgery to be done on disc herniation
Shoulder reconstructive surgery to be done to repair three torn muscles, damaged membrane of the socket joint, and the clean out bone fragment impingement


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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • i would call the dr. if it hasn't stopped by now, it's not a "normal" post-op symptom
    take care
  • Finally was able to get in with my dr. Found out I have a UTI, which more than likely was caused by the catheter. I myself and sure that's what caused it because I have never in my life had one before. They put me on strong antibiotics so hoping it will clear up soon. I have been miserable since the surgery (June 4) and praying the pain soon subsides. I do not know how long pain lasts. Any insight as to how much longer I will be in hell? Thanks for your reply!!
    ACDF done June 4, 2013
    Thoracic surgery to be done on disc herniation
    Shoulder reconstructive surgery to be done to repair three torn muscles, damaged membrane of the socket joint, and the clean out bone fragment impingement
  • I had surgery June 4 too, C5-7 ACDF. I had right arm symptoms from the lower disc for a few months, but got acute spinal cord compression and myelopathy at 5-6 and had surgery urgently. Postop I've had problems with urinary retention and my spine surgeon thinks I have some neurogenic bladder from the cord injury. Am seeing a urologist Thursday. Hopefully he'll have some good options for me. Good luck.
    2-level ACDF
    Acute myelopathy
  • recovery varies depending how many vertebra were fused. I hope the antibiotics help your "hell" generally a single fusion recovery is 4-12 wks. Baby yourself and ask about PT the sooner u start the better. Clearly you haven't been up to it but you will. Maybe walk a little more each day. follow the docs instructions for activity around the house etc. if your neurological symptoms ie. arm pain,weakness,tingle,numb etc are resolving thats a great sign ;)
    take care
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