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Post op fusion surgery

I recently had fusion surgery and my pain is at times unbearable. My surgery date was July 18. My surgeon has yet to release me to drive. Is this normal. I still do not have all the feeling in my left leg. My foot is completely numb. I am scheduled to start out patient therapy. I currently take percocet 10mg they don't even mask the pain. I do understand everyone's healing process is different.. 


  • Bruce EitmanBruce Eitman Akron, OH, USAPosts: 1,510

    Welcome to the Spine-Health forums.

    You gave us very little information about your surgery.  What you had fused is important to answering your question.

    Have you discussed your concerns with your surgeon?  If not, it might be time to call.

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    It has been a process of healing, learning, exercising, and resting - and figuring out when to do which.

  • Bruce 
    I had a tlif two disc removed and 3 rods on each side. I was in the hospital for a week had a fever and they never knew why. This pain is so out of control. 
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  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 971
    edited 08/25/2016 - 5:41 AM


    It may sound weird but sometimes after fusion surgery the pain is worse than before surgery as the nerves are very inflamed... and your surgeon likely irritated them even more while he/she was messing around inside of you.   The surgery you had relieves the pressure on the nerves but it doesn't "fix/heal" the nerves.  Nerve healing is a VERY slow process and it takes a longggg time for them to calm down and stop firing.  You might want to ask your doctor for some alternative pain meds to help reduce the nerve pain... there are lots of options... and sometimes it is a matter of trail and error to find the right combination for yourself.  I've had two fusion surgeries like you and after the first surgery I had almost zero nerve pain... but after the second surgery by the same doctor I had massive nerve pain for almost 4 months post-op.  Hang in there... better times are ahead.

    Harry - 65 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
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