I have had 4 fusions, and the one I had 5 years ago has me in a tizzy. after the surgery, my right leg has given me nothing but problems for the past 5 years. first i have a condition that the lymph glands cause a red rash, no pain but butt ugly. i have pain going down the leg especially at night, the leg swells about 5 inches more, yes i measured it next to my left leg and within the last 6 months i have had cellilitus, staph infection twice where i ended up in the hospital and recently in emergency. i was given iv antibiotics both times and the first , in the hospital for 3 days with continual iv drugs. the last time, wednesday, he just kept me in an er room and gave me one iv antibiotic and a cat scan for clot and an x-ray. they wanted to do an mri for bone infection but after i waited for 8 hours with no tv i checked myself out. i feel like cutting the leg off and i am tired of dealing with the cellilitus infections. i was at work and the rash literally doubled in size in one hour. it is now from my foot to my knee. anyone have leg problems, especially cellilitus after fusion surgeries. i also have sexual issues, no angle to my dangle after it. so those who are thinking about fusions, it is a crap shoot. they monitor your nerves but obviously they can't watch them all. now if it does not clear up, there is talk of amputation of my right let. if they find a bone or tissue infection, they will have to cut it out or off. so think hard if you are going to have a fusion. also after my last fusion, last year, my left leg is now numb from the hip to the knee. they said it would get better but it has been over a year and it has not.
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.