Hello everyone, this is my first post.
On Wednesday June 23rd I underwent an anterior total disc replacement at L4-L5 using ProDisc-L.
I injured this disc over 1 year ago and have not been able to fully enjoy life ever since. As an active 22 year old, athletic and engaged to be married male, I was heartbroken by this injury.
I tried Chiro for over 6 months, spine injections, pain management... nothing helped.
I found a clinical trial for XL-TDR in my hometown of Buffalo, NY and signed up. They declared me a candidate, but said it is possible my high hip bones might prevent lateral entry to the spine.
My insurance company (after a long battle) approved me for an anterior disc replacement using pro-disc as a backup plan if they couldn't get in from the side.
Of course... they couldn't get in from the side, and I woke up on Wednesday morning with a big incision in my abdomen.
So here is why I'm posting...
I was told by the surgeon team (A neurosurgeon and a spine-specific orthopedeic surgeon) that I should be able to get it from the side, but if not I should still be able to heal before my wedding on July 24th, 2010.
It is now June 27th, and I am only 4 days out from my surgery. Obviously I have some pretty bad back pain upon movement of any type, and I have incision pain also like normal.
This is what I'm worried about, please keep reading
I have very painful left testicular pain. The two days I was in the hospital I had large swelling in the left side of my scrotum, but I did not notice any pain (IV narcotics might have helped with that). A few hours before my discharge on friday,I started to feel pain in the left testis. I was told its from the swelling, which is normalish, and discharged.
It is still hurting, and hurting a little bit worse than at discharge, tonight on Sunday. I have previosuly had testicular torsion surgery 5 years ago and this pain is reminiscent but milder.
I spoke with an on-call urologist today who told me I can wait it out and see or go to an ER for an ultrasound to see whats up. He also said if the testis torsion surgery was correctly performed, its not possible that fluid swelling screwed up the old surgery.
Getting to and Sitting in an ER 4 days after spine surgery doesn't sound like a good idea.
QUESTION FINALLY: Has anyone who has has an ADR has testicular pain (i.e., hurts to the touch, tender when moving) and/or had fluid swelling in the left side of the scrotum?
PLEASE respond with your story, I am kind of desperate. I expected back and incision pain, but never expected testis pain again after the last testis surgery.
I have 4 weeks til my wedding, and my bride and I have saved ourselves for each other. I am terrified.