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Think somethings wrong

I had a 2 level PLIF on Sept 11, Levels l2-l4. I was doing pretty good, averaging 4 walks of about 4 blocks per time. Icing my back at times. A couple days ago the top of my incision became very sore and then painful and I have a bump at the top. I am in a brace so I do not twist or bend or lift. This is my 2nd fusion at these levels as the first one failed. I am thinking I need to call the surgeon on Monday. I had my surgery at Mpls which is 3 hours away and I have a pain pump apt on Tues in Mpls and think it might be worth looking into. Any thoughts from anyone. I have been so careful. I just wanted to do everything right to get back to some kind of normal life.


  • The bump at the top of your incision could be an infection, maybe as a result of the brace rubbing, or an ingrown hair. Is there any discharge? If not, it could even be a build up of scar tissue. Its worth having it checked out before it becomes something more.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 10/06/2013 - 6:59 AM
    It could be an infection or the rubbing of the brace causing the bump but definately, have it checked out to make sure.
  • iowarobiniiowarobin Posts: 1,268
    edited 10/07/2013 - 2:10 AM
    I am calling my surgeon this morning. It isn't red or hot, just about the size of a penny and seems to be painful when I was walking 4 times a day. Makes me wonder if it is a issue with hardware or something. I got into our pickup a week ago and had the worst pain jolt I have ever had. So gonna get it check out.
  • I have an appt tomm with the pain dr that will assess the situation. Then an apt with the surgeon on Thurs am if needed. No improvement. Was told to lay off distance on walking. I am hoping for the best.
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