slider9499ParticipantNovember 16, 2020 at 8:51 amPost count: 1
On July 24, 2020, I had post-laminectomy surgery. I also had a broken back which was repaired at the same time. My surgeon went through my back. The surgery was to be 6 hours, it lasted 13 hours and I had 7 blood transfusions and 2 platelet transfusions. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks, 6 of those days being in ICU. My surgeon never gave me a straight answer as to why it took 13 hours and I had so many transfusions When pressed it only said that “it is a complicated surgery and the amount I received was normal.” EVERY doctor I spoke to said that this is not the case. My left thigh was numb when I woke up from surgery and remains so to this day. A week after I was released I noticed my belly button was 2 inches off-center and the left side of my abdomen was quite distended. I was also tachycardia and was on blood pressure meds for 6 weeks to ensure that my BP was normal. Since being released the pain and distended abdomen remain. The pain got so bad I went to the ER twice, they ran tests, took 2 MRIs, with and without contrast – both came back normal. I had a colonoscopy, which showed no abnormalities. The gastro doctor and my general surgeon both said that the surgeon could have nicked a nerve during surgery. I went back to my neurologist today who did a nerve test. The results showed a pinched nerve on my left side. I am scheduled for another MRI on December 14 and then it is back to the neurologist to review the results.
I am at a loss of what to do. I am both physically and mentally exhausted. Any idea what may be causing these problems?Donald Corenman, MD, DCModeratorNovember 16, 2020 at 12:35 pmPost count: 7735
I am unclear as to what you had done but with an incision only in back, there are no blood vessels that can cause that type of blood loss. It sounds like you had a vascular injury and they were trying to “catch up” from all the blood loss. I would get a copy of your operative report (which has to be made available to you) and cut and paste it here (without your name). I am speculating but maybe somehow you had a deep vascular injury (vena cava) and bled into your abdomen. That would explain the blood loss and the abdominal shift. You should be told why you had such a problematic surgery.
Dr. CorenmanPLEASE REMEMBER, THIS FORUM IS MEANT TO PROVIDE GENERAL INFORMATION ON SPINE ANATOMY, CONDITIONS AND TREATMENTS. TO GET AN ACCURATE DIAGNOSIS, YOU MUST VISIT A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL IN PERSON.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.
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