• alimay alimay
    December 24, 2009
    feet and ankle swelling several weeks after having back surgery
    alimay alimay
    December 24, 2009

    foot and ankle swelling 4 weeks after having lower back surgery. On niov 18th I had a spinal fusion of L4-5 in Ohio, flew back to florida on dec 15th, 2 days later my feet and ankles started dwelling, I have tried to keep them elevated but by morning it starts all over again. what is doing this and why

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    December 29, 2009
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    December 29, 2009

    Flying may have also contributed some to the swelling.  Every time I fly, my feet and ankles swell.  It usually takes several days of staying off my feet (preferably lying down) as much as possible to get them back to normal. 

     

    If you've been staying off your feet and the swelling still hasn't improved any, check with your doctor to make sure there's not another cause.


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  • Desperate December 26, 2009
    Desperate
    December 26, 2009

    I had the exact surgery and the same swelling problem. I was told that I was on my feet to much, stayed off of them, completely, and It went away. I had to limit my standing after that for about 2-3 months, with no prolonged sitting either. Now 1 yrs after surgery the swelling is completely gone and I no longer have a problem with it. If you are like me, I wanted to be more active than I should have been.

     But you just have to give yourself and your body time to heal. Remember, you just had major surgery. 

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  • Ceeliny January 28, 2015
    Ceeliny
    January 28, 2015
    I also had lower back fusion surgery , Dec 03, 2014 The Nurse from my surgeons office told me to Walk A lot The swelling started right after surgery, numbness in hands and feet. Most of which went away within my five day stay in the hospital. Each day seemed to get better as for the ability to move around without pain. I took myself off Lortabs my first week at home. Jan 28,2015 The swelling in my feet, numbness in my fingertips still haunts me daily. The middle finger on my right hand swells and throbs with pain. My surgeon saw me on Jan 09, 2015 His only suggestion was to send me for Ultrasound on my Left leg , that foot seemed to swell worse than my right . We were looking for blood clots from the top of my thigh down. Nothing else was said about the test. I called the surgeons nurse yesterday. She scheduled me to have my back x Rays again and office visit More to come C in Georgia READ MORE
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