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hard lump near the insicion

MLT01MMLT01 Posts: 172
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I'm 12 days post op of my ALIF and Posterior instrumentation fusion on my L4-L5.. I had a very bad night last night with muscles spasms in my low back area. I noticed this morning a hard lump near the incision site!!!

Has anyone have this happen to them and what was it??



  • Sorry you're having so much pain. If you are concerned about that lump near your incision, I would contact your surgeon's nurse for advice.

    Best wishes to you,

  • It is hard to say exactly what that lump might be, but one of the possibilities is that the posterior hardware may have slipped out of place, and be pushing up under the skin.

    I agree with Marianne, you need to call your surgeon, and get in to have him look at it, and maybe get an x-ray to check the position of the hardware.

    Good Luck
  • I'm not sure if I'd call mine a lump or not, but the site of my ALIF incision is very hard. I was told to massage it with Vitamin E, so I've begun to try that. I hope that you can get the answer to your problem soon, and I'm concerned about the muscle spasms. Did your surgeon mention that you might have spasms as a side effect?

  • Hi Thanks for your response...No he didn't mention about the awful spasms...the lump is on the back were he put the instruments in...This recovery is harder than I thought..

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