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12-06-2008, 09:33 PM
Hey everyone!

I had a spinal fusion at the L2-3 last week. They closed it with desolving stitches and then the surface with that glue stuff. The last few days my back has gotten SOOOOO itchy it's driving me crazy! :eek: Does anyone have any advice? I know I can't scratch it, so I have my husband when he changes the dressing scratch lightly just where the tape is, but that only lasts a second.

The surgery went well, though I got sooo sick from the pain killers when i was at the hospital. Once I finally got home I decided to take half the dose and i immediately got better.

Other than that, my surgery and recovery has gone really well. The dr's found that my nerve was completely red and swollen and being pushed on by scar tissue and herniated portions of my shot disc. They removed the entire disc, and secured it with a newer method, a tiny little piece of metal called the aspen. My pain is already less, but the dr thinks it'll be at least 6 months before my leg pain is gone. I'm excited to go to my 2 week follow up next thursday and see the xrays.

I went with the single level fusion since my scoliosis hadn't gotten any worse in the last few years, and it wasn't directly causing my pain. My dr said we need to watch and see, and i may need the whole surgery sometime in my life, but it could have caused me more problems than it solved. So we'll see!:)

If anyone is looking for a good adult scoli surgeon in Orlando, I have seen all of the surgeons in Orlando, and found the only and best one. Dr. Joseph Flynn Jr. is amazing. Their office runs a bit slow, but he is caring, knows what he's talking about, and takes the time to really try to help you.

Anyway, if anyone can help with the itching that'd be awesome!

12-07-2008, 09:40 PM
Hi Peachrush,

I'm so glad your surgery went well and you're back home now! How great to have it over with!

Some people are allergic to the liquid adhesives used after surgical procedures, so this might be what is causing your itching. It could be Benzoin or possibly Mastisol. You might want to call your doctor and ask if one of these was used on you. It shouldn't cause anything worse than itching and more redness along your incision, but before the itching becomes too maddening, maybe they can give you something to help stop it.

Best Wishes,

12-08-2008, 06:05 AM
My stitches itched like crazy for about 3 weeks, and then started to get better slowly. Now at almost 8 weeks post op, they don't itch at all any more.

Good luck!

12-08-2008, 10:54 AM
thanks for the help, i'll ask my dr on thursday when i'm there!

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12-08-2008, 06:08 PM
Hi Peachrush7,
Glad to hear you made it through the surgery OK. Have you tried cortisone cream for the itchy area? My trunk was completely covered with a rash after my posterior surgery. My Doctor thought the rash was a reaction to one of the antibiotics I was given during the surgery. The nurses slathered on the cortisone cream every day including when I was in rehab. At home, I used the cortisone cream and also tried benedril at bedtime. It did help somewhat. It took well over a month for my rash to completely disappear. The itchyness lasted until Springtime. My scar on my back is itchy again this winter from the dry air. There are anti-itch lotions available at the Drug store also, which might be worth a try. I hope the itch goes away soon and I am glad you found a good Doctor in the Orlando area to do your surgery. Take care, Sally