Heart surgery and back problems
Hi I need help and advice, please...
My dad had Aortic valve replacement surgery in Oct 2011 since then he complained of leg pain especially in the left leg but it was not very bad. He started in home PT in about 3 weeks after his surgery. Some of those exercises really aggravate his leg pain to the point that they had to be stopped. In January he started cardiac rehab therapy and it was then that he started feeling numbness and weakness especially in the left leg with tremendous pain in his lower back. He has difficulty sitting, sleeping, walking etc... He fell yesterday when stepping off the curve and now is using a walker. Now right after surgery he was recovering very well, he has never used a walker or cane, everyone including the doctors were surprised by how well he was doing, by the way he's 84 years old. The doctor believes it's a pinched nerve or back stenosis. He's having an MRI in the morning but I am wondering if that's a good idea since he's got wires from the heart surgery and he also has surgical clips from gallbladder surgery about 50 years ago. I am very worried, if you have any advice, I would really be grateful.