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Pain at Incision Site

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I had TLIF of L3-l4 on August 5, 2008 after three years of pain. Six weeks after the surgery, I have developed a "discomfort" at the incision site. The length of the incision is 6 inches. It feels as if the incision is being pulled on one side near the sacral end of the incision. There is no redness or swelling, and I have not developed a temperature. I have followed my neurosurgeon's orders of no bending, twisting, and lifting. Plus, I am wearing a brace per his instructions. I am no longer taking any pain medication or muscle relaxers. I go for post-op X-rays on September 29th. I wasn't certain if this was perhaps a part of the normal healing process, or if I should be concerned. I was just wondering if any one else has experienced similar symptoms. I am 54 years old, so I realize that I am not going to just jump back quickly after surgery!



  • It probably is just fine, but since you have an appointment on the 29th, make sure you mention it if it is still doing that.

    Keep an eye on it for discharge and heat just like week 1.

    Best of wishes,
  • Sounds like it might be scar tissue forming to me. I learned in PT last week about it and where on my incision line it was the worst. They have me massage the scar and apply coccobutter daily to keep it subtle and to help break up the scar tissue. If it continues to concern you call your doc. I wouldn't start massaging it or anything until/if directed to do so.

    Just my thoughts.. I am not a doctor.

    Hope you feel better.
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  • My incision site looks wonderful but feels very tight, especially toward the right drain site. I am massaging it with coco-butter and vitamin E. My surgery too was 8-5-08 and I have xrays/see doc on 9-29-08 :* Talk to your doc about it. Good luck, Sue
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