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Old 11-22-2012, 06:54 AM   #1
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Post Microdiscectomy question

Good Morning,

I am a 37 yr old male with back problems.

I had a Microdiscectomy surgery on my l4/l5 exactly a week ago today. The pain after the surgery was a living hell after the first couple of days but finally after taking Naproxen my muscles are a little more relaxed and the pain is going away.

I have taken this surgery very serious so I have been laying in bed most of the time. I only get up to do exercise (1 hr a day) walking around the neighborhood. Not lifting anything or putting pressure on my back.

My question is that just yesterday blood started coming out and I am a little scared. The blood is not dark, is pale and it seems to come out with a water like fluid and it does not smell. At times, if I bend I can see a little drip of blood with liquid come out of the incision. Also my back feels really strange when this happens.

Has anyone had this same issue? should I be worried? Also if that blood and liquid doesn't come out, how is my back supposed to hold that inside?

Sorry for my ignorance but I am not that educated when it comes to this type of surgery.

should I be worried?

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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I would suggest calling your doctor's office tomorrow. Check your temperature to be sure you are not running a fever.

Usually there isn't much drainage from a microdiscectomy. With a larger, more involved surgery, they put in a drain, that drains accumulating fluids to the outside so they don't "pool" and form a hemangioma. I had that with my first fusion.

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