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    Old 11-02-2017, 11:50 PM   #1
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    Question DVT 18 months post op

    I know this sounds crazy, but a few months after my posterior L 4-5 fusion with hardware March of 2016, I posted on one of the boards about having a lump above my incision site. I didn't have any responses, but I did ask my doctor about it. He said it was a little pocket of fluid that had formed a seratoma. No big deal. Well about a month ago, I noticed that it had, indeed, disappeared. Fast forward to one week ago. I woke up Monday with severe hip pain. Tuesday it was not only my hip, but sharp pain in my calf. I stayed off of it Wednesday and it was some better. Thursday morning I got up with excruciating pain in my inner left thigh and groin. I honestly thought I was dealing with sciatica until then. I finally was able to see a P.A. Thursday afternoon and she sent me straight to the ER for a Doppler scan of my femoral vein. It was positive...100% blocked all the way down.

    Now, this is what I've been puzzling over...could that lump above the lumbar incision (not below as I've learned is most common) have really been a blood clot that began moving 18 months post surgery? I know y'all think I'm crazy, but my vivid imagination sees this thing creeping out through my hip, down my outer thigh and calf, then easing right back up the inner part of my leg to where it hit the tender groin area and became so painful that I had to seek medical help.

    Is that possible?? Before you answer, let me state that I AM one of those people who seems to pull off the highly improbable when it comes to things like this. 😶
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    Old 11-03-2017, 10:37 AM   #2
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    Re: DVT 18 months post op

    I'm happy this was caught when it was. I don't think any of us can say for sure whether the two incidents are related, but my guess is that the lump was a seratoma...which is more of a little sac of fluids that weren't reabsorbed right away, and quite common after spine surgery. A blood clot can form after surgery but it usually happens fairly soon after surgery. But, as you know, members are not physicians, so I certainly could be incorrect about this.

    How did the surgery go? Did it relieve your symptoms?

     
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    Old 11-04-2017, 07:38 AM   #3
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    Re: DVT 18 months post op

    It did relieve the numb, weak legs and the pain that was caused by the nerve that tended to get pinched every time I would bend over and come back up. I still have muscle tightness in the areas on both sides of the incision. I jokingly told my surgeon that I thought he crossed up my muscles when he stitched them back together. I have neuropathy in my feet, but that could just as easily be attributed to venous insufficiency. I have scoliosis, bulging discs, spurs and before surgery, spondylolisthesis at L 4-5...you could barely see the spinal canal on my MRI because it was tiny. My surgeon said he was surprised when he got inside that my spine looked like a block tower stacked by a 3 year old.

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