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No strength in left leg and left foot constantly swells after ALIF

I had the surgery on 12/23 and was discharged Christmas day. Most of the post op pain is in abdomen and certainly movements feel like a knife to the spine, everything else seems to be ok except for my left leg. While I'm lying in bed or sitting in a chair and try to raise my left leg I can only raise it 2 or 3 inches and can feel it pulling on my spine, and my left foot likes to swell up. Has anyone else had this happen? Will it get better after awhile? My post op follow up with my Dr isnt until Jan. 5th so I might call this week and let him know whats happening in case its something thst needs immediate attention. BTW:My right leg is totally fine.


  • Anybody? I can't be the only one
  • BronsterMonsterBBronsterMonster Posts: 9
    edited 12/31/2014 - 1:28 PM
    Hi Darby
    I am 6 weeks post op from L5/S1 ALIF and still get swelling in my left leg. I also can't lift my legs without feeling strain in my spine. Surgeon said it can take up to 12 weeks to start feeling 'human' again. However also expect that complete recovery isn't instant and can take up to 18 months. I also have issues with my ankles being seized and have a stress fracture in my foot from walking. This is due to being so inactive for so long. Before surgery I couldn't walk more than 50 metres and now I can walk 1 km. All my joints are mucking up and that is because of my body being so out of alignment as a result of my back being 'out' for so many years.
    Be patient. It can only get better with time!
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  • Well my foot isn't swelling anymore but still having leg issues as described in one of my other posts
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