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discetomy/laminectomy hard lump over scar ?

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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:S hi i had surgery 3 weeks ago a discectomy/laminectomy and i am still in a lot of pain, i know they said it would take 6 weeks to 3 months to recover but even sitting down is really painful still. Is this normal, i am still getting the sciatica pain as well but not as much as before. Also the day after i had my stitches out (the nurse did have a tough job getting them out though) a lump came up over the right hand side of my scar, its hard as well, is this scar tissue? has anyone else had this. I am due to see my gp on thursday about it, but can anyone help love donna
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  • Yes I also had a lump over the scar. Mine was hard yet you could feel that there was fluid in it too. Mine came about 3wks after surgery and lasted until week 12. If you go back and look and some of my old posts you can read what I went through.
    My doctor said that it would go away on its own- which it did. I wore a back brace with a washcloth over the area to apply pressure to the site. It was very painful and hindered my recovery. It also put pressure on my nerve which did not help. time will heal this. I promise.
  • Hi Fibrogirl:

    I am certainly no expert, but I would think 3 weeks would be too soon for scar tissue to from where your incision is. Your doctor will let you know what is going on tomorrow. Let us know what he says.

    Ellen
  • bobbisox said:
    Yes I also had a lump over the scar. Mine was hard yet you could feel that there was fluid in it too. Mine came about 3wks after surgery and lasted until week 12. If you go back and look and some of my old posts you can read what I went through.
    My doctor said that it would go away on its own- which it did. I wore a back brace with a washcloth over the area to apply pressure to the site. It was very painful and hindered my recovery. It also put pressure on my nerve which did not help. time will heal this. I promise.
    hi i didnt know how to find your old posts i looked through loads but couldnt find it, the only way was to add u as a buddy then i can view your posts, hope this is ok, thanks donna
  • I am also about 3wks out from an L5-S1 laminectomy/microd and I also still have a good deal of both sciatic and back pain. This surgery was number two for the same disc, my first surgery was 5/21/08. The recovery period is a slow one for some people, so don't dispair. Take things easy, make sure you get some short walks in, and listen to your body. If you have any concerns, let your surgeon know.
  • I'm definitely not a doctor but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express. Seriously, I do have some medical background (ex-Paramedic)but it sounds like the issue might be a cyst. That is very common for injuries such as large lacerations or in our cases, incision sites. Your next visit have your doctor look at it. A cyst shouldn't cause you any pain though.

    Rob
  • fibrogirl42 said:
    :S hi i had surgery 3 weeks ago a discectomy/laminectomy and i am still in a lot of pain, i know they said it would take 6 weeks to 3 months to recover but even sitting down is really painful still. Is this normal, i am still getting the sciatica pain as well but not as much as before. Also the day after i had my stitches out (the nurse did have a tough job getting them out though) a lump came up over the right hand side of my scar, its hard as well, is this scar tissue? has anyone else had this. I am due to see my gp on thursday about it, but can anyone help love donna
    hi every1 thanks for all your replies, well my gp looked at the lump and felt it and he said it is very hard like bone, he could not feel any fluid in it and said he does not think its scar tissue, he thinks it has something to do with the surgery, he has put me on a course of antibiotics in case it is infected and asked me when i am due for my post op check which is not till nov 11th. He also told me to showit to my physio when i go for my 1st appointment which is on 20th october, he has also gave me more strong pain meds as well so i suppose ille just have to wait and see. I just wish there was someone else who had same problem as me because i have not seen any similar posts. luv donna
  • I had very hard lumps on either side of both my front and back incisions from about 10 days post-surgery - and still do, though not as much. My physicians and PT all said scar tissue. One particularly large lumpy area near the top of my back incision was very painful. It pressed on a nerve and I had to put padding between it and my back brace because the pressure was so painful. However, it has gradually gotten much much better. So, I hope yours is nothing more than scar tissue, too - but it is a good thing to keep your doctor up-to-date on how it is doing just in case it is some kind of infection.

    I am not surprised that sitting is painful at 3 weeks - I would be more surprised if it was NOT painful at this point. For me, and many others I have talked to it can be the slowest part of recovery. But it will get better!



  • I'd ask if it could be a seroma. mine wasn't hard as bone, but it got very hard as it got larger. it ended up being a bad MRSA-HA (staph infection). I'd ask to have it cultured and I wouldn't wait til November. mine was cultured and two days later, I was having emergency surgery. not trying to scare you. just have to be very cautious when someone tells you it might be an infection. Best wishes.
  • Have you talked to your Spine surgeon about this lump? I think he would want to know. If perhaps it is an infection I think the treatment would be much stronger than oral antibiotics when you are dealing with your spine. Perhaps you can be seen earlier. GP's mean well, but they have no clue when it comes to this type of specialty. Good-luck, Sue
  • Do not take any chances with this. At least call your surgeon and let them know about it. Much better to be safe than sorry with things like this. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • Oops.... I forgot all on this website are not from America, but my comment regarding Holiday Inn Express Hotal was an attempt at a joke from the tv commercials they air here in the States.
  • Hi Fibro:

    I agree, I would be calling the surgeon's office so I could get into see him sooner.

    Ellen
  • :< thanks for all your replies, actually i think i should ring my surgeon and explain because my appointment is not for nearly 4 weeks and i am worried about it especially if it is an infection, as i have not responded well to infections in the past. thanks again i will let you all know what he says thanks again luv donna
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