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Spinal Fluid Leak Question
sheenadk posted:
Hello I was reading though the posts in this community and everyone seems very helpful, so I am hoping for a little clarity.

My mother-in-law just got out of back surgery (litteraly two hour ago) and when the doctor came out to talk to us he said that everything went well except that she is leaking spinal fluid. He said that usually this can be repaired with a stick but that did not work so he used a patch. She now has to lay flat for 3 days, and be closely monitored to make sure it has healed. When we posed the question "what if it doesn't heal?" he said he would have to fix it.

At that moment we were all frozen with the what-if questions so that answer worked for us. But now I really want to know, what happens if that patch didnt fix the leak. What are we looking at?

thank you
bj1208 responded:
hi an welcome to the support group - I'm gonna ask that this question be answered by one of our spine specialist - Hope your MIL starts to feel better -

Take care - Joy
jessrasm responded:
also had a spinal leak that took 4 stitches and tissue glue to close...i remained flat in the hospital bed for 4 days......i did get up a time or two before my 4th day and immediatly i had a severe headache and had to lye down far as i know mine healed but ive had so many other issues...... she must lye flat to let it heal....the dr did tell me if it didnt heal that he would have to go back in and repair it. hope all goes well! jess
Ari Ben-Yishay, MD responded:
Spinal fluid leaks can happen during routine surgery at least 1-2% of the time. They are usually easily fixable with either a stitch or a patch and some special "glue". If that was done, it is unlikely that the leak will continue, especially after 3 days of bedrest. If the leak really returns, then repost your concerns. In my career, if never had a repaired leak fail to heal. So dont worry too much unless the doctor gives you good reason to do so.
Dr. Ben-Yishay

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