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11 weeks Post Surgery of Spine S1 through T12 w/hardware

I am writing to see if anyone has experienced swelling of the foot, ankle, and calf this far after surgery. The swelling involves my left leg. While I was in the care center I was told it was normal following a surgery as extensive as this. However, I saw my surgeon just 3 days ago and I addressed my concern about the swelling in that the swelling reduces through the night, but returns within 10 mins of getting up in the morning. I spend a lot of time laying with feet elevated and walk around the house several times before returning to lay down. My surgeon said it was not normal, especially with one leg involved. He had me go and get an ultra-sound in the imaging department. I was told that there was no sign of a blood clot and sent on my way. I am getting really concerned as I was told by my surgeon's office that I need to go to a Primary Care Physician. I am in between physicians at this time. I wanted to add that while in the hospital (1 week) I went into Atrial Fibrillation and was moved to the Cardiac Wing from whence I was discharged to go into a care center for one month. I was put on Amioderone to keep my heart consistent even though the Eco-cardiogram they performed showed that my heart was small (good) and had no leakage. I have never had a heart issue, but the cardiologist said that once Atrial Fib has occurred it will more often than not return and that the danger lies in the formation of a blood clot forming in the heart and breaking off causing a stroke. I will see the Cardiologist again on October 16th and he said he wants to look at putting me on blood thinning medication. I wanted to add that my physical weight increased by 18 pounds from prior weight to following the surgery. I am pretty freaked about what is happening to me. Could anyone share if they went through the same thing?


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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