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fluid around surgical sight

johnsmom1016jjohnsmom1016 Posts: 1
edited 09/18/2015 - 10:55 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have had my 12th lumbar surgery two months ago. about two weeks after comming home I had a high fevor and the incision sight was very hot. I was told not to come in in less my fevor was over 102.5 so I stayed home. after a week the incision broke open and drained. I had a MRI and was told that I had alot of fluid around the surgery sight. the incision is not draining not but I am getting a fevor again. have any of you had this happen to you? I was told to lay low and not do alot. my legs hurt alot from this.

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i have had 12 lumbar surgerys, the past one two months ago. I had an MRI that is showing that I have alot of fluid next to my surgical sight. it had been leaking for about two weeks but is not now. what to do.


  • I don't think any fever and drainage should be ignored. You may need antibiotics and surgeon needs to see you. Sounds like he did see you but no antibiotics?
  • Wow!!! You poor thing. How are you feeling now? Any improvement?
    Kirsti x
  • Same thing happened to me after my surgery in may I had a staph infection. I fought with the dr for weeks and he would do cultures while on high doses of antibiotics and he would say of your fine until like you my incision ripped completely open to the bone and large amounts of infection and all that came out and I was taken in for surgery. If your surgeon wants to say it's nothing wrong find another dr because I now have several issues relating to mine. It's not something to be ignored. I wouldn't wish what happened to me on anyone it has been hell. They think the infection may of done permanent damage in my back because it was left in there for 8 weeks. If nothing else go to the er and be seen this is not a lay low and wait and see kinda deal it can go bad very fast even kill you if it goes to deep. Pm of you would like to talk
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