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Help!! What can this be??

Mindymork62MMindymork62 Posts: 207
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I went in on the 14th to have my bone stimulator taken out (mine was implanted on June 29th of this year). It was taken out because my body was rejecting it. Anyway, about 3 days ago I noticed a big lump where the incision is, and now today it's even larger, and I can't lay against anything on my back because it's very painful. I had a call into my surgeon late yesterday afternoon but he was in surgery and should return the call today. The lump has gotten bigger than a golf ball. Any ideas???


  • Hi Mindy,

    If it was *me* I would go either to the ER, or call the emergency contact person through your surgeons contact number. It sounds like you have an infection going on there? Staff infections ARE NOT something to play with. Hopefully that is not the case, but better safe than sorry? Just me thinking if it were me....

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    A visit to the ER may be needed if your surgeon can't see you. Call the surgeon's office and say this is urgent. The lump could be blood or other fluid pooling at the site, which may be normal, but you'd want to have a bit of it extracted to see what it is and what the best plan of action is.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • It could just be a hematoma, but it could be infection. You should have it looked at right away, especially if it is warm to the touch.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • lump is either blood leak (hematoma) or fluid leak (seroma), but since they do go touch the dura (lining of the spine) and may even go inside it (I would assume) in trial for SCS it could be a CSF leak - but I would presume if it was CSF you would have a horrible spinal headache. I think it does warrant a call to the surgeon or the PA. Good luck.
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