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fluid build up on spine

I just found out from a different doctor that I have fluid build up around my surgery area from 4 month ago. He suggested I contact my surgeon for the info I just found out from a new doctor as he looked at my MRI. Uncomfortable to say the least, but I was getting another opinion of my situation for my disability case. I'm wondering why this new doctor kinda made it seem like a pretty big deal but my surgeon who ordered the MRI didn't. Maybe the surgeon didn't see it? I doubt that. Maybe he saw it and just didn't tell me about it as its a normal thing to have 4 months after surgery. oh so many questions! I wonder if this fluid is causing all my new pain. Either way this situation sux as I feel day to day like I'm on my very own island of chronic pain searching the internet for pain relief. Any of you experience this "fluid" stuff after spinal fusion or laminectomy? Ive had both so please fire away!

Thanks in advance,



  • by your surgeon for. Fluid four months after surgery may be a reason for concern. Please contact your surgeon.
  • I'm no Doctor, but the fluid could POSSIBLY be a result of normal healing and response to inflammation......

    4 Level (C5-T2) Posterior Instrumented Fusion w/ Decompression (Car Accident in January 2014)
    And I can't forget that I'm not ashamed, to be the person that I am today.
  • Well I called the surgeon and he is aware of it and saw it in the mri .. The nurse told me it was stated in his notes. I do not know why he didn't tell me about this. Maybe he didn't want me to worry. Maybe this is normal. Whichever way I have another appointment with him in 2 months so I will find out. Thanks for info.
  • and is usually reabsorbed by the body over time, since the surgeon is aware of it, unless you are experiencing increasing symptoms, or new symptoms, he may have taken the wait and see if it reabsorbs on it's own approach .
  • I read somewhere that if it sits around too long, it can be become infected. Sandi is right.... He may be waiting to see what transpires. See what the next appointment brings and try not to worry too much in the interim.
    4 Level (C5-T2) Posterior Instrumented Fusion w/ Decompression (Car Accident in January 2014)
    And I can't forget that I'm not ashamed, to be the person that I am today.
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