I had a L1 burst fracture 6 months ago. The surgery involved an incision (maybe 8 inch) just below my lowest left rib. The surgeon later said 'We had to take out a rib' or something to that effect. But I know that the bone graft came from my rib.
Anyways, I now have a very troubling/annoying bulge around my incision - the bulge spreads along my left flank and almost upto the front of my belly. My navel is somewhat offset to the right by almost an inch. There is a loss of sensation on the skin that is below the incision and upto my groin perhaps.
When I sit on the ground with my knees to my chest, I get a dull ache from my left abdomen. When I am standing, I feel like there is a 10 pound weight stuck in my left abdomen. I always have a tight feeling on my left side.
Does anybody have any experience with this? What can I do to resolve this? The surgeons who worked on me say it is all fine when I can feel that its not fine. They have ruled out a hernia (just by observing my belly).
Please let me know what I should do.