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Old 15-05-2017, 03:40 PM
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Default Re: Leg weakness post surgery

Hi Dette,
My daughter is 19 now and she had a long posterior fusion from L4 to L3 2 and a 1/2 years ago, I can't say that we have had the experience you have mentioned but I understand how much of a worry it must be to you as naturally we all want everything to go on without complications.
I am also a physiotherapist and, not that I can possibly offer any diagnosis or suggestions, but the signs and symptoms that you have mentioned sound like possible neuropraxia in the distribution of the nerve to iliopsoas which comes from L1-3 of the lumbar plexus. My understanding is that neuropraxias usually do gradually improve and in the meantime, the best thing is to just try to walk as normally as possible, rest up as well after the surgeries and it probably is a good idea to see a physio for some rehab. I guess a neurologist might be able to assess the nerve function to be able to really tell if the nerve has been affected and whether it is likely to be transient which would be the best outcome.
I do hope things improve for your daughter. She has done amazingly well and also needs to focus on all of the progress she has made having had 2 surgeries and recovering slowly.
I hope it helps to know that others are thinking of you, and to know also that the first 6 weeks are the worst and things can only improve. My daughter is functioning very well now at age 19 and she is really glad she has had the surgery, but that first 6 weeks was very difficult due to feeling incredibly tired and weak.
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