Thursday, December 24, 2009 alimay, Community Member, asks

Q: feet and ankle swelling several weeks after having back surgery

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
12/29/09 11:49pm

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.

Desperate, Community Member
12/26/09 12:39pm

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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By alimay, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/03/14, First Published: 12/24/09