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possible bad news

newhouse17nnewhouse17 Posts: 133
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
For those that have read my previous posts, I was doing very well after my surgery on May 11th. On my two month appointment on July 12th the doctor said I didn't have to wear the corset anymore. Well, ever sense I took it off I have had increased pain on the left side of my incision, pain and burning when standing, very small protrusion of left side which all symptoms go away when sitting or lying down.I do not feel any lumps in my belly while standing but it is very sensitive. Called doc and his nurse said that it may be an incision hernia. My doc is on vacation for 2 weeks so she suggested I go see my GP today at 4:00. Anyone out there had ALIF and has these issues? How do they treat it? I will post after doctor's visit. Wish me luck!!!!


  • Good Luck with your appointment! Let us know when you find out what the issue is...
  • Yes, the nurse was correct. Sometimes after an ALIF incisional hernias can occur, but they can be dealt with. You should probably put your corset back on until you see the surgeon. The big question is how is your back?

    During an ALIF they have to disect through several layer of muscle and tissue, then they close the layers at the end of surgery. When the closure of one of the layers fails, things underneath it can bulge out.

    What they do about it, depends on how large it is. They may just leave it alone and let it heal, or they may need to go back to surgery to repair. Much less surgery than your original surgery. So, if your back is doing well, then so are you. This is just a little bump in the road.

    Good Luck, and let us know what you find out.

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  • Just left GP and he said that he doesn't feel any lumps or bumps in my stomach. He does feel a lot of scar tissue and I still have swelling at the incision site.He assures me that this is part of the healing process. Said that if pain cannot be controlled with my vics, that he can perscribe another med or I could consider cortisone injections. Eak!! No thanks doc!!! Back is doing well. I would say at this point I am 50% better than before surgery. Quality of life is much better but still have some issues. Even if things stay like this, its a huge improvement!!!!!
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