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Post Op back surgery

stephengsstepheng Posts: 1
edited 01/08/2016 - 3:50 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Good morning, I'm hoping someone can give me some insight on this. My father had back surgery a month ago. He had 2 discs fixed and also had some decompression done on his spinal stenosis. One of those discs were causing him drop foot. The surgeon said that one of those discs were pressing really hard on the nerve. He had the surgery and within 2 days his foot pain from drop foot was gone but still had to strengthen his muscle tone. For the past 2 weeks he has been doing great and was even off his pain meds. He started physical therapy on Monday (4 days ago). Then on Tuesday when he was at home he was doing some simple exercises with his legs. He was laying on his back squeezing his legs together. He then started to feel a burning numbing sensation in his groin area, testicles, his right buttocks and the back of his upper right leg. He was in agonizing pain and couldn't walk. We took him back to the hospital. They did an MRI on the area of his back where the surgery was done but found nothing. He spent the night at the hospital then the next day the pain subsided and he could walk on his own. He still had some pain but could walk. 2 hours later while just sitting on the couch watching TV he started to grab his leg and calf and started experiencing agonizing pain. He said it felt like an electric painful burning shock then went down his leg right to his toes. Couldn't walk and now he has been in the hospital for 2 days now.

The doctors and his surgeon do not know what is going on. He can't walk with his right leg so they have been giving him pain management until they find out whats' going on. Sounds like a cyatica or something but of course, the doctor's won't ever say what they THINK it may be. Instead they aren't saying anything. Today he is going for another mri I believe.

Any ideas?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 01/08/2016 - 3:50 AM
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • I would take the CD's of his 2 MRI's for a second opinion to maybe a well known Neurosurgeon just keeping it simple and saying the regular surgeon does not know what is wrong. The reason I say this is that I have had so many problems with misreads on my MRI's over the years.
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 722
    Having been through 2 back fusion surgeries I would guess your father is struggling with his nerves trying to recover from being crushed prior to surgery. The healing and calming down of the nerves is a SLOW process and at different stages the nerves and the muscles can go absolutely nuts. On my second surgery at 2 weeks post op I also had to go back into the hospital due to the onset of massive nerve pain down my right leg. Like in your case the imaging didn't show anything wrong from the surgery... and in the end it took 4 long months for the nerves to calm down to the point where I could get off the pain meds. However having said that... a second opinion as Kay has suggested is a good idea just to be sure.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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