View Full Version : Iliac Crest Bone Graft Site Pain

12-08-2004, 12:12 PM

For those of you who have pain from the site where bone was taken for your spinal fusion, please let me know how that pain manifests itself. Is the pain always there? Does it hurt no matter whether you're sitting, standing, walking, etc? Does it hurt when you push on the site? If your surgery was more than a few years ago, has the pain changed at all over the years since your surgery?



12-08-2004, 02:06 PM
Mine isn't a problem generally but it is sore from time to time. It is a dull ache when it acts up, and if I stretch the area by bending forward when it is achey, I get a stinging sensation in the tissue around the scar.
It also gets a little sensitive at the end of a long, active day.
Generally it is the worst when sitting.

12-08-2004, 03:37 PM
Mine is achey if I lay on my back in bed for to long. Also, if it has been a busy day, i.e. cleaning house or working in the yard it will feel sore. It has never been bad enough however to need pain med for it.

12-08-2004, 03:39 PM
Thanks to both of you for replying. If you push on that spot, doesn't it hurt?


12-08-2004, 04:29 PM
Actually, just pushing on it, really doesn't make it hurt. On the "surface", across my pelvis, is numb. Even with a fair amount of pressure. I think because the majority of my staph infections (6 surgeries) were in that area and I had to be opened up so often the nerve fibers in the soft tissue has pretty much been destroyed. I think the pain I feel in that area is really more of a arthirtic pain...though I'm not sure why.

12-08-2004, 05:04 PM
I don't get pain from direct pressure on it. I actually have a band of numbness that goes from the scar, to about the middle of the small of my back, and also that wraps around the front of my pelvis and then runs down the front of my thigh a bit.

12-08-2004, 06:14 PM
It is relatively early in my recovery process (5 weeks) but I have similar sensations as Sandy and blairf83. In the back, numbness from my waist extending around to the sides of my hips and across the lower pelvis. Pain is spontaneous, the left half of my bone graft incision sometimes exhibits itself like a stinging, tearing sensation. Periodically if I remain in one position too long the pain manifests itself like an arthritis type of an ache. Hope the info helps.