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Emergency? L5- S1 microdisectomy brown discharge on gauze

I had a L5- S1 microdisectomy yesterday morning. I came home a few hours ago today. My wife discovered a brown discharge at the bottom of the gauze that hasn't come through the gauze but she can see it through the gauze. Does this seem like an emergency?! Any help is appreciated. we are getting nervous, waiting for the doctor to call..


  • Mine did that for the first 4 days after coming home. Let the doctor know and was told to watch it. Even took pictures and sent to him by text message on the 4th day he called in Keflex which is an antibiotic. I had puffiness and redness all around the incision site. All is good now 19 days post op as far as the oozing discharge. Let your doctor know if you can get ahold of them tomorrow. They should have someone that is also on call at the hospital that you maybe able to contact.

    Best of luck to you in recovery
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