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Anterior / Posterior Spinal Fusion

I had Anterior / Posterior Spinal Fusion on Dec 19th 2012. Here it is 7 weeks later and I still have no feeling at all in my mid section ie.. hips, buttocks, thighs. Dr ordered MRI for next week, says something about a "foam gel sponge" ????? that he put in, something about bleeding?? Idk but he thinks that is what is causing the total numbness and will be scheduling another surgery to remove it??
Any one out there have any ideas about this? I even looked online but cant find anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated :-)


  • This sounds foreboding! At least the surgeon appears to know what is causing the problem. I'd be sure to go to the next appointment with a list of questions as well as someone to go with you to listen to the answers, and if you aren't convinced then seek a second opinioin. Good luck!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I'm not surprised that you have a lot of numbness since you had a 360. My ALIF was December 10. One of my thighs is numb on top and a little numbness near the incision. I had an ACDF almost 2 years ago and one side of my neck is still numb. It's good to have an MRI to see if that can explain as much numbness...I hope you won't need another surgery. Best of luck in your continued recovery.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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