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Curious if anyone experienced this..

MLT01MMLT01 Posts: 172
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:35 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was just curious if anyone suffered from a Hematoma following PLIF surgery and if so how was it diagnose and treated??

I have a lump over the incision for over a week now could this possibility be a Hematoma??



  • Yes I have. What I would worry about is if you have a temperature, if there is NO drainage or if the drainage is thick and yellow or greenish, pain that feels out of proportion to what you think it should be(I had extreme pressure sensation), or if wearing your brace(if you have one) is impossible because of the lump size or pain.

    No matter what, you need to call your surgeon's office and report this. The above advice is just things to think about before you call the doc so you can be prepared for what might be important questions.

    It's usually pretty simple to drain it in the office and you might even do it at home a few times(or a friend for you.) But the doc may want to put you on prophylactic antibiotics or culture the wound just to be safe. As time goes by, a simple hematoma will thicken and be eventually be reabsorbed by the body. But you've got to check in with the doc to make sure it's not an infection or some other complication.

    Please make sure you call your surgeon's office. Be ready to give your symptoms and also if any of the above mentioned things are going on with you.

    Please post an update and let us know what the doc says.
  • Thank you for your response! I actually see the surgeon Tues 8/25/09..I have no drainage ..the lump is always there and by night time it is always at it's largest....
  • i never had a hemotoma on or around the incision but i got into a motorcycle accident and had one on my leg. its been just over a month and its still visible but gone done a large amount.
    nothing was ever extracted from it either, pure natural healing.
    as long as its not infecting anything i don't think you should worry.
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