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ALIF Incision getting hard.

Teamorourke1TTeamorourke1 Posts: 1
edited 11/24/2014 - 8:51 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Had a alif and plif surgery nob 5th and I have noticed my incision is getting hard. Is there anything I can do to to keep this from happening ? My incision doesn't look infected it's not hot. I keep is clean. It just feels hard non the inside. Is this normal ?

Thank you


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had the same thing happen to me. My Surgeon indicated that the hardness was normal at the 6 week post-op
    appointment. Now, at about 14 weeks, the incision site is beginning to soften. Hope this helps!
    Best wishes to you for a fast recovery!
    Bilateral L5 spondylolysis L5 with grade I anterolisthesis L5-S1.
    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylosis contributing to mild canal
    narrowing L2-3 and L3-4.
    360 ALIF & PLIF L-4 - S-1 on 8/11/14
  • You can massage your incision to minimize adhesions (tissues sticking together as they heal) and that may help. I take a small amount of vitamin E oil and massage my abdominal incision a couple times a week. Seems to help.
    2015: Thoracic protrusions C7-T1, T3-4, T6-8
    Dec'13: 360FusionL4-S1 w/bone graft
    2013: 3x2-level disc injections: 12mo surgery postponement
    Dec'12: DiscogramL4-S1
    Sep/Oct'12: Bi-lateral Rhizo AblationsL4- S1
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