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4 weeks post op for L5 S1 Posterior Fusion Now having Bladder problems

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:18 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,
Glad to get in on new site.

I am 4 weeks out of L5 S1 Fusion and have not been able to urinate on my own. I was cathed for 3 weeks then it came out. I was able to push and get some urine out, but went back to Urologist and had to have it placed again. Can't empty bladder own my own. I have also had three bladder infections and had antibiotics. They say it is not uncommon to have your bladder go into shock like this. They said it could be at least 4-6 more weeks before I get control again. Besides this, I am getting better each day. Still a bit of pain after sitting for a long time. Walking each day. Feeling better now that infection is not bad. Coming down off pain meds and listening to doc. I go next week to get X-Ray to see if fusion has begun. Hope to get ok to drive and PT.
I wrote this post on the old site and received 2 responses. Was told this is not very normal and should get more opinions. I noticed someone else had the same problem, but did not get their name. If anyone could help I would really appreciate it.



  • Sharon,
    You might want to check recent post, it talks about not been able to go also. Good luck,
  • I'm so sorry you are having the problems with urination. I don't know what to say except it doesn't sound good for you. What does your dr. say about this problem?
  • I'm so sorry to hear that , but I have heard of that happening before and in time it fixed itself, best of luck to ya hun!
  • I hope that you were able to find the post that I talked about but if not let me give you some history that happened to me. In 1992 I had my left ureter collapsed after a hysterectomy, I could not urinate on my own after the did the re-implantation so I had a nifty catheter with a bag on my leg for a few months :sick: . After been put and and off the catheter and not been able to go they inserted a stent on my left ureter, nada! So finally the nurse taught me how to catheterized myself (not fun!), but it worked and then after I started that all of the sudden I was able to go, so hopefully this will happen with you. Good luck and take care.


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