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Doreen2DDoreen2 Posts: 44
edited 02/27/2014 - 12:04 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi I am very new, just joined here when looking for help. I hope this is the right place to post this.

I had a L5 laminectomy December 24th due to large central and right sided ruptured disc that was smashing my spine and L5 nerve root. It was an emergency surgery. I got results for MRI on Dec 19th, was sent to spine surgeon same day. He said I had already developed foot drop, my leg was paralyzed, the nerve dying. I had no time to wait. He scheduled surgery for only day he had open, December 24th.

I am concerned as the incision is 3 to 4 times the length I had been told it would be. It if worked it does not matter. What concerns me is that the area of the incision looks ok...about 5 inches below the incision at the top of my bottom is a large purple and black/bruise that runs from top of bottom down about 3 or 4 inches.

It almost looks as if someone punched me there. Is this type of bruising normal? It am confused, no bruising any where near the incision just this awful bruise 5 inches below the end of the incision on both cheeks, down in to the cleft.(sorry don't know how else to explain)

My husband and I are concerned that perhaps I was dropped. It actually looks like someone punched me.
A friend said that is just where the blood pooled after surgery, like when you get a hemotoma. I was in recovery for over 2 hours laying on my side though did lay on my back when they took me to my room.

My doctor is on vacation, I don't have anyone to ask. I am hoping that someone on here could suggest what it might be. I do see the PA on Thursday for my first post op appointment.

Thank you very much for any help you can give.
8/31/15 microdiscetomy laminotomy
8/15 reruptured l5
12/24/13 laminotomy/discetomy of L5
9/98 laminectomy l4/l5


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