I had a L3 thru S1 fusion almost four years ago. I went into day one of a two day surgery that was done through my abdomen. I came through that first phase and was fine. I headed into day two which was to be done through the back. I awoke in the recovery room at a local
Wisconsin hospital blind. My Doctor initially had left after my surgery to go to a family obligation and was not to be found. His PA explained it as edema and it should be better the next day. It ws not. During my surgery I suffered loss of blood flow to my optic nerve and they died leaving me blind. The condition is called Posterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Also know plainly as PION. The doctors took no blame nor did the aenesthesiologist. I have a family with three kids. Please let this note be a public service announcement to ask the question of potential blindness from back surgery. Although it is rare, it's not that comforting when you are the one it happens to. I had to learn my life all over again including typing. I also lost my job and am now on disability.