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what do you suggest if my husband had back surgery on the l5 area of his spine he had extreme pain the night of his surgery abscess?

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Dr. Christopher Pham
25 years experience Neurosurgery
Spine surgery: Typically patient will experience a lot of pain and muscle spasm right after surgery; and this condition may last for several days or weeks. If the lower back pain were not improved several months later including an increased pain with persistent numbness and tingling in the lower extremities, you should contact your surgeon about these issues. Postoperative infection is a NO NO...PERIOD.
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
54 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain is usual, but if fever, chills, & increasing pain get in right away 2 C Ur surgeon.
Jul 23, 2014
Dr. Qamar Khan
17 years experience Pain Management
Can be normal: after surgery. Abcess takes a few days to happen. If anything could be a hematoma. If it doesn't resolve in a day or two or you notice weakness in the legs take him to the doctor or ER for MRI evaluation.
Answered on Jul 24, 2014

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