U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 39-year-old female asked:

What is the cause of knee pain after spine surgery that went wrong &had to have to take hardware out for pressuring the nerve on l3l4. i'm only 39?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Rosner
Specializes in Rheumatology
Referred pain: Knee pain after spinal surgery is due to irritated low back nerves.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Maybe nerve related: This could be related to a couple things. 1st, after all that surgery, you could have some stenosis of the area where the nerves exit from the vertebrae, leading to pain, either from structural issues or scar tissue. If it does not feel like nerve pain, do you have any muscular weakness from these issues? It could be quad weakness leading to knee pain or change in gait causing arthritis.
Last updated Mar 21, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.