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1825
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5 abdominal aneurysms repaired in 1984. L2 Paraplegia after surgery.

Posted by @1825, Mon, Feb 19 5:24pm

Hello everyone. I have an annual ultrasound and so far so good. I have used a manual wheelchair since 1984 following the surgery. I did not lose sensation. I get terribly swollen feet. The swelling used to really go down overnight now just a little. However as soon as I put my feet down we are back to square one. Probably due to sitting and poor circulation. I put my shoes on before I put my feet down! I am not in any pain except a little from rheumatoid arthritis in my hands. I count myself very lucky and I enjoy life.

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Hi @1825,

I was wondering how you're doing? I really like that last sentence in your post, above:"I count myself very lucky and I enjoy life."

I also wanted to mention this journal article I found online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1533316714000065
Paraplegia after abdominal aortic surgery is quite rare, and could be caused by the imbalance of oxygen demand and oxygen delivery or "critical interruption of the spinal cord blood supply" during the procedure. Have you talked to your doctor about the swelling in your feet?

@kanaazpereira

Hi @1825,

I was wondering how you're doing? I really like that last sentence in your post, above:"I count myself very lucky and I enjoy life."

I also wanted to mention this journal article I found online: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1533316714000065
Paraplegia after abdominal aortic surgery is quite rare, and could be caused by the imbalance of oxygen demand and oxygen delivery or "critical interruption of the spinal cord blood supply" during the procedure. Have you talked to your doctor about the swelling in your feet?

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There were two approaches to repairing the aneurysms unfortunately I was quite sick so there was only one option and that had only a 3% success rate. So lucky to be here! I started an organization SCITCS 31 years ago. See AlbertaSCITCS Facebook and scitcs.org.
Swollen feet due to PAD and of course sitting for 34 years, hot weather contributes as well. Unfortunately people comment which can be embarrassing. “Better to be looked over than overlooked” I think! Thank you for remembering and enquiring. Very kind of you.

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