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Old 04-17-2005, 03:29 PM   #1
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numbness after surgery/question

My son had a 2 level PLIF done last Thursdya. I posted earlier asking about a fever which he had (and still has). He talked them into discharging him today and the ride home was from hell. We live over 2 hours away. Anyway, he is VERY slowly walking with a walker and still can't get out of bed on his own. He needs help.

But, the thing that is bothering me the most is that the pain in his left leg (that he had the surgery for) is totally gone only to be replaced by numbness and pain in his right leg. This makes me nervous.

Is this common and how long does it usually take to go away. The surgeon said that they must have touched (or disturbed) the nerve.

What can you experts out there tell me about this?

Thank you everyone. I have relied on this board a great deal for answers.

Bobi

 
Old 04-17-2005, 04:06 PM   #2
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Re: numbness after surgery/question

Bobi,

Being a veteran of 8 spine surgeries of which four were fusion surgeries I will talk bluntly with you. I had 10 levels fused in Dec 04 and I've never had such a thing with any of my surgeries. I was however, temporarily paralyzed by a doc (anestheologist) several years ago. He was doing a test and injected too quickly in a facet joint and bruised my spinal cord. He sent ne home telling me that the feeling would be back in a couple of hours and at 5 hrs I began making waves. The feeling had not returned and I could not control my bodily functions. I was then hospitalized for about 10 days until I began getting pain, indicating there was going to be feeling. Therefore, I state to you with absolute certainty that NO, that is not the norm. Did your son have a spine specialist or a general neuro or general ortho surgeon? If I were him, I'd be pressing for an answer because the surgeon working on the spine should know the nerves and certainly should not have disturbed one to the point that it is numb for days with no indication that feeling is coming back. If, at one week post surgery, it has not shown some return to normalcy, I'd be more than just asking.

Actually, my spine secialist brings in equipment and a tech to monitor my spinal cord when he works on my back.

Hope you will let us know how he is doing, and best wishes to you both.

I hope to goodness this doc didn't release your son while he still had a temp, even if he did want out of the hospital. What is the point of going through such extreme surgery if you won't accept the care that is needed? Please convince your son that he is acting as his own worse enemy and that this surgery is rough and going to take time to heal. Make sure that he does the log roll getting into and out of bed or he can do himself harm.

I live only an hour away from my surgeons but I will not push my doctors to let me out of the hospital. When they ask me if I'm ready to go, I say I can be ready in 2 minutes, because they are not going to keep you any longer than absolutely required. In fact, they are usually pushing you out before you feel ready. Hospitals are not the most pleasant places, but they serve their purpose.

 
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Old 04-17-2005, 04:43 PM   #3
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Re: numbness after surgery/question

[QUOTE=Quietcook]Bobi,

Did your son have a spine specialist or a general neuro or general ortho surgeon? If I were him, I'd be pressing for an answer because the surgeon working on the spine should know the nerves and certainly should not have disturbed one to the point that it is numb for days with no indication that feeling is coming back. If, at one week post surgery, it has not shown some return to normalcy, I'd be more than just asking.

Actually, my spine secialist brings in equipment and a tech to monitor my spinal cord when he works on my back.

Hope you will let us know how he is doing, and best wishes to you both.

I hope to goodness this doc didn't release your son while he still had a temp, even if he did want out of the hospital. [/QUOTE]

My son did have a spine specialist. That is all he does at the U of Pennsylvania and has a fellowship in spines. He came highly recommended.

He did not have a fever today when they released him.

He is only 3 says post op so if he doesn't see some improvement in the numbness and pain in his right leg by one week we will be calling the doctor.

I'll let you all know what happens.

Bobi

 
Old 04-17-2005, 04:53 PM   #4
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Re: numbness after surgery/question

But, the thing that is bothering me the most is that the pain in his left leg (that he had the surgery for) is totally gone only to be replaced by numbness and pain in his right leg. This makes me nervous.

Is this common and how long does it usually take to go away. The surgeon said that they must have touched (or disturbed) the nerve.

[COLOR=Green]Hi,
I had a similar thing happen, went into surgery with pain in LEFT leg and foot, and came out with pain in RIGHT leg and foot. My surgeon says that it should eventually go away over time and with PT. I sure hope so, because the foot pain is worse than the back pain at this point.
Best,
KT[/COLOR]

 
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