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CSF Leak after a Microdiscectomy L5S1

NavalofficerukNNavalofficeruk Posts: 1
edited 02/03/2016 - 3:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm hoping to get some advise.

I had a Microdiscectomy on the 23rd January 2016. The operation went well and I was discharged the next day.

I'm a 34 year old healthy male.

The operation was performed under the nhs but took place in a private hospital in England, UK.

Over the first few days the wound kept bleeding and looked very wet. I went to see the local nurse and she changed the dressing twice over that week period. To begin with the nurse wasnt happy with the healing and had to apply new steri strips and an anchor strip. When I saw the nurse last (Friday 29th January ) she was happy that wound was healing better and confirmed it was no longer wet or bloody.

The following day Saturday 30th January I developed the worst headache I've ever experienced. Five days on and the pain has not eased, if anything it's got worse.

I called my surgeon today and he has diagnosed it as a CSF leak. He has recommended bed rest, lots of fluids and rest.
I explained the issue I had with the wound and advised it was no longer leaking blood/liquid.

He is going to bring forward my 6 week check up so that he can inspect the wound himself. He couldn't give me a date so in waiting on his secretary to call me to confirm.

He is fairly confident the leak will heal on its own but suggested I may need an operation to fix it if it doesn't.

Some questions I have that I'm hoping others can answer/share their thoughts?

1) is it normal to have a leak so many days after surgery? It's now 12 days and the head pain is getting worse each day.

2) is my consultants advise similar to other consultants advise on a CSF leak at this stage post operative treatment?

3) should I be seeking medical attention else where ( local nhs trust)

4) what's the likelihood it will heal itself without the need for surgery?

5) how long should I percervere with the head pain before I say it's too much? Another week?

Your help and advise is greatly appreciated.

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