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Incision site is black and blue

jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
My brother in law underwent a discectomy approx. 2 years ago. During the last week his incision and surrounding area has swollen and turned black and blue. It hurts when pushed on. Has anyone else experienced this?
He is reluctant to go to a doctor due to he just started a new job and does not want to take time off for a Drs. appt.
Is it possible after all this time to get a infection?


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,368
    They say the 5 most dangerous words in the english language is "maybe it will go away".

    Two years post surgery I would think there should be no "new" symptoms .... was there any recent trama to the area? is this his lumbar or cervical "incision" site?

    With concern,

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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    It is in his lumbar area with no new trauma.
  • A friend of mine developed a hemangioma in a previous surgical site where he had a laminectomy/discetomy over a year prior. He had similar symptoms to what you are describing for your brother. He also started to have a return of his pre surgery symptoms and radiculopathy due to the hemangioma pressing on his nerve. He had to have surgery to remove the hemangioma.

  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    He is making a appointment with the doctor. I think I scared him enough.lol
  • it seems to be one end of the spectrum or the other. Someone doesn't feel quite right, whether visibly or not. They wait and wait until it gets really bad. Then in a panic want to see a doc immediately. Then the other end. The hypochondriacs who call a doc for every little thing that happens.

    If you scared him and it gave him a wake up call that's ok in my book. Black and blue and swelling and you know you didn't get hit. Something is wrong.

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