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Seromas in the C-spine

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,899
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Since I'm a newbie on the forum here, I'm sure there are some older posts from those of you that have/had seromas after getting an infection after surgery.

My surgeon keeps stating it will go away; when in fact it is actually getting bigger. It's on the left side of my neck, over where the titanium screws and plates in my spine are. It hurts like the devil every day, and no amount of pain medication I can take at home helps. When I researched seroma on the web, it seemed to be associated with infections, which I did (or maybe still do) have.

Can any of you share your opinions/stories on how your physician treated your seroma? Mine is acting like its not there, yet my other two physicians can clearly see it!
thanks in advance
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  • It differs from doc to doc. Some want to let them resolve on their own, and some want to reopen the wound and clean them out. It is very common for a doc just to take the wait and see stance on seromas. How long has it been there?

    "C"
  • Hi, thanks for the info, it has been there for almost two months! It's getting bigger, not smaller as the doctor is claiming it is supposed to do. It's also so swollen that is is making the long incision from the back of my head (lost alot of hair ) :''( all puffy and irregular as it tries to heal. The pain in this seroma is constant, there must be some nerves involved in this as I have now daily migraine type headache pain, and now it is radiating into my left ear, jawbone, and into my left shoulder.
    I cannot believe the havoc this infection has caused, but I am both confused and upset at the 'oh well' attitude I am getting from my neurosurg. There are a couple more in the area, so I am highly considering getting a second opinion--quick!
  • Sorry, forgot to add that the infection specialist doc I'm seeing has been worried from Day one that the staph infection is "sitting" as he put it, on the hardware in my neck. I've got 13 screws/plates in my C spine, and my most recent 2 MRI's show that the fluid is indeed in the hardware area. He told me that if it stays there, and the seroma stays, as it is doing, then he votes for going back in and cleaning the area up before it gets to the point of having to have the screws actually removed.
    So, I'm in the midst of different opinions from the docs, and also dealing with the pain of this while trying to get all of them on the same page......ugh
  • Hi forum members, hope all had a nice Thanksgiving, and as pain free as possible.

    I still have the large seroma just sitting on the left side of my neck going from behind my ear to the base of my neck. This is the thing that my neurosurgeon said should have been gone weeks ago. I went to see him, and he is so aloof, and I mean about everything. I wish I had gotten a different surgeon, even his partner in the practice seems more open minded.
    have any of you gone to another neurosurgeon after having complications for a second opinion? How were you received by the 2nd opinion doctor?

    Both my pain control doctor and my general physician have both told me I need to get a 2nd opinion. Thanks to all for your thoughts and opinions!
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