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L2-L3-L4-L5-Laminectomy Revision & Fusion with Instrumentation
Hi everyone, Well first I want to thank all of you who helped me before my Surgery which was April 27 2011.. I had an L2-L3-L4-L5 Revision Laminectomy and Fusion with instrumentaion...I am now 19 days post-op and I feel GREAT I still have Incision pain and swelling but before Surgery I had severe lower back pain which radiated into my left butt-hip-thigh and down to my left foot & toe's in which I had nasty toe pain tingling and numbness.... I also have pain where the Bone Graft was taken which is below the incision. Now I have no Butt-thigh or lower leg pain and no pain in my toe's only the numbness is still in my toes and foot..I do have pain in my butt and thigh but I am pretty sure this is surgery pain/nerve pain and bone graft pain as I have numbness in the tops of both butt cheeks and below the incision...I went into the Hospital on Wednesday April-27th and was due to leave on Saturday but friday night I told my nurse...who was a complete BIATCH that something was wrong and I felt weird she asked what my pain was I said it was going off the chart..she laughed and said I will be ok..well around 6am they came into check my blood pressure and temp...and the nurse said OMG and called for help as I had a 103.7 temp and my blood pressure was something like 90/50 and I was in complete agony...next thing I knew the Dr. on call from my Doctors office was there at 7am and looked under my dressing he said WOW Bob this is very swollen and infected and immediatley called for an Emergency Cleanout and drain...at 9am I went back in for Surgery #2 where he re-opened my incision approx 10" with 26 staples in which he removed and had to remove all the inside sutures and drain and clean then put 2 drains in and re-sutured and re-stapled he also put in Cathetar #2....lol...just my luck...But I felt so much better after.. I had to stay in the Hospital until Tuesday which sucked but it was for the best..I have a back brace which I wear when I leave the house for any reason which is basically for my walks and putting our son on & off the bus..I was wearing the Brace inside on and off but it was causing so much pain and swelling so I called My Dr. and they said I could take it off inside... I think having a 3 level Laminectomy and a Spinal cord Stimulator Surgery in the past 18 months my body was use to all the Trauma...I did much better this time... I have 8 screws and 2 rods Also the Dr. did a Bone Graft..dont get me wrong it is and was tough I get better every day and still get bouts with alot of pain and discomfort usually later in the day probably from the days activities..but I am so glad I did this...Today we are going to my Dr. for my post-op for staple removal and a check up....The hardest thing for me is that you have to keep telling your self to go slow and be carefull I am walking every morning after our son gets on the bus and I am doing about a 1/2 mile now and increasing every day...I wish all of you the best of luck and thank you for helping me out...
Thank You, Bob