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Coflex Experiences?

I just recently ( 4 weeks ago) had a laminectomy, discectomy and coflex insertion at my l2-3 levels and have just recently at 3 weeks post op started having pretty severe pain again in my back but also in both legs. Before surgery I only had nerve pain in my left leg so the increasing nerve pain is pretty scary. I know the coflex is still pretty new in the U.S. so its really hard for me to find other peoples experiences with it and to see whats normal and whats not. Anybody else have experiences like this? P.S. I see my surgeon tomorrow, but I'd like to put my mind at ease a little.

(12.24.13) L2-L3 Laminectomy, Discectomy and Coflex insertion. DX'ed with Ankylosing Spondylitis on 5/13/14


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/27/2014 - 4:28 PM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • I am a 39 year old ACTIVE woman (marathon running, Insanity workout program, triathlons, amateur boxing) with a "no pain, no gain" mentality. After a routine 6 mile run in August 2015 I had pretty severe hip pain and instead of missing a workout, I opted to go see my Chiro and let him work it out. After 3 weeks of intense chiro care, it wasn't getting better and he sent me for an MRI. MRI confirmed I had severe spinal stenosis and severe right foraminal stenosis at L3-4 and grade 1 spondio. I was blown away. I went to an ortho who tried two rounds of bilateral ESI injections to alleviate the hip and buttock pain, but didnt get any long lasting relief (9 days and 5 days respectively). My symptoms quickly worsened and by Nov 1, I was using a walking to get around. Therefore, I had to do the dreaded... back surgery. I elected for the least invasive option I was given; laminectomy and foraminotomy with a coflex implant at L3-4.
    The surgery was a success; I was walking around the hospital within hours of surgery and haven't taken any pain meds except Tylenol throughout the entire ordeal. The surgery was not minimally invasive so the doc did a lot of cutting bone and muscle, but the pain was tolerable, especially compared to the nerve pain prior to surgery. I had no nerve pain for the first 8 days, but on day 9, the nerve pain started creeping back. Today is only 13 days out from surgery, but I am scared something went wrong. Why would the nerve pain come back after being gone for so long? I have a call in to the doctor to get some answers.
  • Often reoccur or flares up post op. Usually it is because of the swelling ,and moving of the nerves out of the way during surgery.
    It can take some time to settle down again, for some a few weeks, others it can take months, depending on any nerve compression before surgery, and how much swelling and irritation the nerve has undergone during surgery. Nerves recover at an awfully slow pace, so if the nerve pain becomes unmanagable, you can talk to your doctor's about trying medications used to treat nerve pain.

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