Severe hip and leg pain 3weeks post surgery: Lateral interbody fusion and minimally invasive posterior fusion L2-L3
I had surgery, L2-L3, Direct Lateral interbody fusion and minimally invasive posterior Fusion with rods and screws. This was 21/2 weeks ago. The back pain I was experiencing for 3 years prior to surgery is unbelievibly so much better! BUT about 5 days following surgery I began having terrible, excruciating pain in my left lower back, HIP, and down my leg that has not improved at all since it started. It is a burning, stabbing pain: worse in some positions; and hurts to walk.
My surgeon seemed perplexed--said there may have been some bleeding around some nerves and the pain should go away with time. The nurse had told me that it was not uncommon for lower back post surg. patients to sometimes have hip pain following the surgery, but did not explain why.
I am concerned because I am having to take pain meds now-almost as much as a few days after surgery, but not for my back! but for my left hip and leg. I would like a better explanation of why this has occurred if anyone can explain it to me. And, although probably most unlikely, I wonder if I need to be concerned with a blood clot in the area where the surgeon said there could have been bleeding.