I had Lumbar spinal Fusion on 10/11/2016. I am now having alot of pain. Recommended procedure consider too dangerous??

Hi, I am a female 53 yrs young. I had Lumbar spinal Fusion on 10/11/2016. I am now having alot of pain ( ## 8 ) all day and night since the surgery from a ball of fluid in my left abdomen. My surgery was Anterior on 10/07 then my back on the 11th, 2016. this pain started from the time of surgery. I was readmitted to hospital on 10/30/2016 for 3 days when they were planning on doing a PROCEDURE to release the fluid but then sent me home because they said it might be too dangerous to do this PROCEDURE. Well I have heard nothing from the surgeons since then but still have Extreme pain in the same area plus every morning the pain goes down my left leg for the first few hours I am awake. I am miserable all through the night Every single night and I wake up crying. can you please tell me what this could be? Thank-you





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Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

Hi and welcome to question doctors.com
It is normal to have pain after the surgery as of is still recent..
The pain is due to the procedure itself as the muscles and sift tissue are incised and not healed well yet..
It is important to consult a physical therapist as you can have some modalities that will help you as hot packs..tens ..myofacial release and massage with limited static exercises for your back and stretching of your lower limb muscles..
Adhesions must be avoided through getting anti inflammatory medics and stretching ex under supervision.

Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

Clearly something went wrong with the fusion operation
Do u have fever ? And when did the fluid start to build up
Is ut after the surgery?
Really sorry wish i could help more but need more answers
Can you post your CT scan or MRi ?
For now try resting with flextion hip and knee 90degrees (over pillows or sheets)also use antiinflamatory
If you have fever you should use antibiotics
Goodluck

shw12
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shw12

HI
IT IS COMMON TO HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS AFTER SURGERY. PHYSIOTHERAPY AND LASER WILL BE QUITE HELPFUL. AVOID APPLYING ANYTHING HOT TO THE AREA.

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi,
it happens due to stiffness and fibrosis. massage and physiotherapy for atleast 1 month should be done. Laser treatment will be helpful to relieve from adhesions.
thanks

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
these are quite common findings after this surgery. a good physiotherapy and patience will help you recover well.