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A 75-year-old male asked:

After spinal fusion surgery pain from the right side was gone. but now i have pain similar to sciatica on the left side from my spine to my feet.

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Contact your surgeon: Do not delay, contact your surgeon, may be you need revision or steroid injection or physical therapy or just reassurance.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 30 years experience
Postoperative pain: Pain that changes, or comes and goes after surgery is not unusual. As nerves heal after decompression and blood flows back in, symptoms can actually worsen a bit. This usually is short lived, with gradual improvement thereafter. If not better in 6 wks to 3 months, an investigation is warranted. Slipped bone graft, cage, screw, or a new problem could cause. Severe pain should prompt a visit asap.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Wear/Tear: With previous back surgery, sometimes pain can result from the wear and tear of the levels above/below your surgery that takes place after a fusion surgery. If this is the case, recommend seeing your spine surgeon or a spine/pain specialist to evaluate this further.

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Last updated Mar 5, 2019

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