Laminectomy with fusions

Posted by charlena @charlena, Dec 17, 2019

Has anyone had a laminectomy w/fusions done? If so, have you experienced swelling in your legs and feet? My husband had the laminectomy done on October 25th, 2019 and surgery went well. He woke up with very little pain and was up and walking within a few hours. However, he contracted an e-coli infection and had to be re-admitted to Emory hospital and had surgery to clean his surgery wound. Thankfully, the infection did not go down as far as the hardware. He was given Ertapenem in the hospital and his left leg and foot began to swell. After a week in the hospital he came home on a PIKK line through which I administer a daily infusion of Ertapenem. The swelling initially was only in the left leg and foot but last night the right leg and foot was also swollen. Talked w/his infectious disease doctor's nurse today and she advised that swelling was not a side effect of Ertapenem. Just wondering if anyone out there has had this surgery and experienced swelling in your legs and feet. Thank you for any and all comments.

@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @red3, how are you doing with the pain in your legs and feet at night from your spinal fusion? Has it improved at all?

@charlena, has your swelling got any better with time?

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Hello, yes it has improved. My legs still have a stiff, fatigued feeling though. I was very active (walking & yoga) before the surgery so my body is feeling the lack of activity, though I am still walking sometimes twice a day. I am 7 weeks out from the surgery and able to do a bit more every week. I am taking one extra strength Tylenol twice a day and icing 3-4 times a day in the recliner. The pain and referral before the surgery seems to be gone but I still have a fair amount of post surgical pain.

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @red3, how are you doing with the pain in your legs and feet at night from your spinal fusion? Has it improved at all?

@charlena, has your swelling got any better with time?

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@JustinMcClanahan, thanks for asking. It has improved though I still feel a deep fatigue in both legs and feet. I enjoyed stretching/yoga on a daily basis before the surgery and because of the restrictions I'm not doing it. Could be my body rebelling against this but also my nerves are probably still irritated from the surgery? I'm about 8 weeks out so I'm not sure.

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My husband is 4 months out & still has deep fatigue in legs/hips/feet. Also nerves still painful. PT advises nerve is "bunched up"….

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@charlena

My husband is 4 months out & still has deep fatigue in legs/hips/feet. Also nerves still painful. PT advises nerve is "bunched up"….

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Charlena, good to know of your husbands experience. I look forward to starting P.T. but I need to be PATIENT.

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I think it was about 4-5 weeks after when he started PT. I'm not sure it's doing anything other than possibly strengthening his back.

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