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Severe knee pain after a posterior inter body spinal fusion at levels 3,4 and 4,5

PeteCPPeteC Posts: 1
edited 05/17/2015 - 1:04 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I am a 68 fit male diagnosed with severe stenosis at both the above levels.
I had the above operation 12 days ago. I was discharged from hospital on the 6th day after making good progress with my rehab. I can now comfortably walk for 600 metres. 2 days ago I decided to try not having any tramadol which has been my main source of med post hospital, but continued taking paracetamol. I managed ok but didn't have a very comfortable night with some pain evident in my arthritic right knee (the result of a rugby accident when I was only 20) and perhaps some general discomfort because I was a tad constipated.
The following day I continued without the tramadol but did have one tab before going to bed. The pain in my arthritic knee became unbearable so I took a sevradol and got a reasonable night's rest. Pain from the surgery and lower back in general was minimal.
I wonder if anyone else has experienced something similar or can add any enlightenment on what has happened. I wondered if because my surgery and previous lower back pain were 'on the mend' the pain was somehow being 'transferred' to another 'weak' spot? Wierd I know, but there doesn't appear to be anything I have done to bring on the knee pain rush. When moving around and resting during the day, the knee pain isn't bad at all.
I was told a long time ago that I would eventually need a knee joint replacement but have managed things ok up until now.


  • Probably just a coincidence but I'm having the same problem. I had my fusion 1 1/2 years ago and afterwards my right knee started hurting. I had X-rays which showed bone on bone arthritis. I had Synvisk injections which helped a lot for a while. Then my shoulder started killing me. I ended up getting a shoulder replacement in January. Now my knee is killing me again and the injections didn't help this time. My doctor has told me there's nothing left to do but a knee replacement. I'm trying to put it off for a while. I can't stand the thought of another surgery!
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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