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Incision bulge?

I'm almost 3 weeks out from a micro-d. My post op appt is tomorrow. Over the last 2 weeks, I've developed a large bulge at the top of my incision site. Has anyone ever had this and what did it end up being? It's not painful, but a bit tender to touch.
March 2002 L4-5 open d/s
July 2012 L4-5 micro d/s
November 2013 L4-5 micro d/s
December 2013 C6-7 ADR


  • I am 5 weeks post-op a fusion and I also have a bulge at the top of my incision, but it has gone down in size over the past few weeks. My surgeon told me it was normal because of all of the trauma associated with cutting through muscle. I ice my back every day, but notice at the end of the day a little extra fluid accumulates and the bulge gets larger, but it's small again by morning.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
  • Same here. 3 weeks post micro D
    Compressed Discs/DDD - L2/L3, L3/L4
    Major Herniation - L4/L5
    Bulging Disc - L5/S1
    "no healthy 24 year old's back should look like this without a major trauma"
    MicroDisc L4/L5 Nov 7, 2013
  • hollypophhollypop Posts: 86
    edited 11/30/2013 - 6:38 PM
    I was instructed to ice the incision daily and it seems less tender though the bulge is still visible.
  • Thank you all for responding! Sounds as If it's normal so I feel better about it. I'm sure I will hear the same at my post op appt tomorrow:)
    March 2002 L4-5 open d/s
    July 2012 L4-5 micro d/s
    November 2013 L4-5 micro d/s
    December 2013 C6-7 ADR
  • Sometimes the bulge is caused by scar tissue, especially if the incision is in the front and they have gone in multiple times. The scar tissue is on top of the muscle so it is quite hard to get rid of.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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