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Lumbar Fusion with instrumentation

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
On April 6 I had 2 disc remove and 2 fused. Everything seemed to go OK until 2 weeks later. I had extreme pain in my right leg. On April 29 I was taken back in for surgery in the same spot. They had to reposition one of the screws. Now I have pain, swelling and tingling in my right leg and foot below the knee.
Has anyone out there had the same problem? Will this continue? I am in therapy but my next doctor appointment is not until June 12.


  • Welcome to the board. If you read through other threads, you will see that it is not uncommon to have new symptoms after fusion, even if a second surgery was not performed.

    There are several things that could be causing the new pain. It could be as simple as the nerve just being irritated from being moved around during the two surgeries. It also could be inflammation. However, you might want to call your surgeon and discuss it with someone in his office if the pain is intolerable.

    If the leg itself is swelling, I think I would call the doctor rather than waiting till the 12th. I don't think swelling is a "normal" part of healing...if it is more than just a little bit.

    Please post often with your comments and questions. This board is full of generous people who are happy to share their stories and experiences with you.
  • Thanks for the information.
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  • Nerve problems in your legs are affected by how long you had nerve compression before surgery, the degree of swelling and trauma to tissues during and after surgery, etc. I'm six months out from a three-level spinal fusion and have numbness down the outside of my right leg and my right foot is numb on the outside. At this rate, I'm not sure it will ever go away.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I would bet your nerves are NOT happy about the screw or the repositioning.

    I also had to have a second surgery - but it was from a progressive numbness that started soon after the surgery (within 24 hours)

    Best of luck!
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