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Post-op lumbar fusions causing water retention abdomen & ank

Post surgical water retention beginning the 6th week after a 360 deg. lumbar fusion; swelling in abdomen has been from the beginning, but now am noticing my ankles are very fluid-filled. I was cut in front abdomen and fused via long incision in back for L3, L4, and L5 (again on L5/S1). Surgery more complicated than anticipated due to nerves being so tangled plus received 2 pints of blood.

Any possibilities related to this surgery?
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replied November 3rd, 2011
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175hamil,

Significant edema in both lower extremties is always concerning for cardiac problems, especially congestive heart failure.

You should be evaluated by your physician.

Good luck.
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