A 22-year-old male asked:
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mother had spinal fusion where the doctor freed compressed nerves. it was a very extensive surgery.. its only been 5 days since surgery but shes numb only in her waist and cant hold her pee or poop. could swelling pressed that nerve? or permanent?

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Dr. Edwin Perez
18 years experience Anesthesiology
Emergency: Please contact your surgeon right away and report to the emergency room. Loss of bowel or bladder function can be a sign of a blood clot or other issue.
Answered on Apr 15, 2018
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Dr. Robert Olsen
50 years experience Psychiatry
Excellent response. Risk of permanent paralysis and / or incontinence could have been mentioned to impart the urgency of the situation.
Sep 1, 2015

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