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Another post-op stimulator complication, seroma : (

IEIIE Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Spinal Cord Stimulation
I am almost 4 weeks post-op Neurostimulator implantation revision with new paddle lead placement. I continue to have severe thoracic/rib pain, have had pain meds increased to the point that my normal radiating leg pain is not an issue (I am also not nearly functional enough due to the pain meds to even think about working either).

Anyway, over the past week the area around the IPG in my buttock has become hot, swollen, and fluid filled and has become very sensitive. It is not extremely painful and the incision is totally healed, but I am concerned. Surgeon thinks it is a seroma. I know this is listed as an uncommon but serious complication, I really didn't get any input from my surgeon today as to what to expect from it as we are more concerned about the thoracic pain complications at the moment. Have any of you had this complication, outcome? Thanks again!


  • I don't have a SCS but it must be your Doctor just waiting to see if the seroma will be reabsorbed and disappear. If you're still concerned you should call and say I can't recall what you said to do about this seroma? I hope someone else can help you more. I hope you heal and start getting some relief from your pain. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • A previous Spine Health member went through a similar situation with a baseball sized seroma over her IPG. She wound up using icepacks and a constriction band for several weeks before it was reabsorbed.

    The real concern is to be certain it isn't an infection.

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