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spinal fusion but the 2 vertibra were aready fused

I was having severe leg pain and hip pain. I had surgery which was supposed to be a fusion between two veribrae to allow room for the nerves to operate my legs properly and without pain. There was a loss of spinal fluid and I had to lay flat for a couple days. The bolts and hardware did not have to be used because the vertibra were already fused. They had to cut bone away to allow room for the nerve. At first I felt pretty good and my leg pain was relieved until about 5 days out. I started to experience all the pain I had before surgery. I call the nurse and she said it was common and there was probably some swelling. Never had this severe pain, and I have given birth twice. What are other peoples experiences and is there hope for relief, I am only a week out right now.


  • You probably are experiencing swelling in the area which is causing more pressure on your nerves. I think it is relatively common for this to occur... HOWEVER we aren't doctors and even if we were we haven't read your charts nor did we perform your surgery. If you are in serious pain, your surgeon needs to know. Don't be afraid to call back. Maybe they can adjust your meds. So please, continue to call your surgeon's office to get help if you feel like what you are experiencing is worse than you were expecting.

    I do find it odd that they didn't know these vertebrae were already fused... Did that not show up in your CT/MRIs? Very strange, then again... I'm not your doctor.

    I do wish you the best recovery possible from this point forward and I hope your pain subsides. Rest/Ice/Walk (if you can)/repeat.... and call the nurse back or the doctor on call.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • My back was so bad, with scoliosis and disc disease plus arthritis he couldn't even see the nerves or the fuild. Couldn't believe I was walking. So when he opened it was the first time he knew they were already fused. Better than having to put all the screws in. Had to cut the boone away so the nerve could get through. But the scariest thing was that a jagged edge of my arthritsis was growing into the sack that holds the spinal fuild. Of course it had to be removed and some of the menbrane that contains the spinal fuild was ripped and that to be stitched back together. What ticks me off is that everyone I knew that had that done were just great afterwards. NOT ME!
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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