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cronic numbness

I had a spinal fusion surgery 2 years ago. Immediately after surgery my left foot was numb. Surgeon said it would go away. Well it did not and the numbness increased in my left leg. Apparently i suffered nerve damage and there is nothing to be done.   Has anyone else suffered this leg numbness? 

Does anyone have any information on a possible cure?

I am exercise ing the leg in pool  and with stretchestretchess.



  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 919
    MATT2374 - Have you informed your surgeon?  Sometimes osteophytes, spurs, other conditions develop as a result of the surgery.  After my second ACDF, I had an osteophyte grow that caused issues until it was removed as part of my third ACDF. 
    I'd expect that your surgeon or other doctor would want updated imaging.
  • My story is similar to yours. I woke after surgery with my right thigh numb as well as across my lower back. My doctor also said it would go away but it’s been two years now!

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  • BitzicatBBitzicat PhoenixPosts: 74

    My surgery was two and a half years ago.  I woke up numb almost completely below the waist; it has reduced to my left thigh, butt cheek and vagina.  I recently had an EMG which showed trapped nerves. There is nothing that can be done.  It took my surgeon 18 months to admit the surgery caused it.  Now, it turns out I am not completely fused and don’t know what my next step should be.

  • My Surgeon also admitted the numbness was a unfortunate side effect of the surgery.  I am really concerned because it feels like its getting worse and may eventually effect my mobility. 

     My back is better since surgery but I still have some pain.i went to a pain management Doctor to see if there was anything he could do.  The only recommendation he had was a spinal stimulator which is another surgery that I am hesitant to do.

  • MATT2374- Have you had any further diagnostic testing done, if the surgeon that did your surgery does not want to check it may be time to find another surgeon that will, not knowing how bad the nerves were compressed before surgery it is hard to say how long the healing process is, but after 2 years it is time for updated imaging, there may not be anything anyone can do but at least you will know.

    Veritas-Health Moderator

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  • nutcase007nnutcase007 United StatesPosts: 919
    MATT2374 - I ask the question again, have you had any updated imaging?  As @challenger wrote above, if your surgeon does not want to do any imaging, it is likely time to get a second opinion.  In two years post-op, a lot can happen.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,522


    That is a long time to still have the nerve situation.  At this point, probably the best diagnostic test will be an EMG/NCS.

    That can determine to condition of your nerves.   The fact that its been so long, makes me believe there could be some dead nerves.  Once that happens, nerves do not regenerate.

    I have a partial drop foot and several nerves from my right leg down that are permanently damaged.   That was the result of waiting too long to have lumbar surgery after a disc was impinging a nerve root.

    Take a look at  Understanding Neuropathy

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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