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  • I just had my new female puppy spayed and she had a reaction to the sutures just like you mentioned. She had a hard lump under the incision. I took her back in and they put her on antibiotics because the area was red, swollen and starting to ooze. The dog was frantic trying to get to it. She's fine now.
    When I had my neck surgery I had stitches, and below that another smaller incision with a drain tube. It was covered with gauze and tape that I had to change every 12 hours. The area did get somewhat swollen and hard, but not painful. I would definetly go in if it starts to ooze or hurt in any way, better to be safe than sorry.
    My incision also turned a little redder than I would have wanted, but after a year it had all but disapeared. I used a scar reducer that you can buy in the drugstore to make it less noticable, it seemed to work for me. Being female, we don't really like scars to show if possible. ;))
  • If I don't hear from him again-I won't just assume no news is good news but go to a clinic. I don't feel bad (except for the acceptable level of post-op arm and shoulder pain and spasms) and there is no fever-however the suture area is about 1.5 degrees warmer than the other part of my neck. I have a temperature gun I use to check ambient temps in turtle pens that will work on skin as well as anything else it comes in contact with.

    It sounds like I have nothing to worry about-but sure wish my surgeon would have given me more information about healing, etc. The nurses flat out told me they usually don't deal with spine surgeries so couldn't help me with my questions so to ask the doctor, but I could bearly talk when he came in and still dazed-I was just happy to be alive!
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  • If I remember correctly from my 2 times both latteral incisions they were swollen while healing and hard to the touch, no real pain just tender and still have numbness that radiates from my neck to R/ear and the edge of the mouth I feel it when I shave just a decrease in sensation. Did they put a drain in the location (a tube)that helps remove fluids that build up? first time I had one when they went in and did the Anterior Fusion, they took it out on the 3rd day. If you want you could Ice the location for tenderness and see if the swelling goes down, no longer than 15 minutes and not direct contact with the site. Eating some Ice Cream :D can have the same effect and it tastes good doing it.

    Good Luck and Bug the Doc He got payed very well for his work.

  • so far..but can't be sure since the steri-strips cover a wide area. The doctor didn't call me but his office assistant did and set me up with an anppointment for next Monday and a new script for the nerves, she said. Never heard of it and I'll let you know what it is when I get it tomorrow. I also got more anti-infammatory meds. They only gave me 10 tablets at the hospital to take home. I don't see why anyone in their right minds would want to feel this fuzzy and groggy all the time. I take as little as I can so it won't re-adjust my brain cells. I love my brain the way it is :O) But I definelty need some for nights like this one where the tightness around my left shoulder and arm is distracting, not really painful. I guess that would be a level 2 to 3 if level 1 is ignorable pain.

  • I have had 4 different fusions (ACDF) and have had the hard knot that went away over time on the last 2 for sure that I can remember. It went away a few weeks (maybe a month) after surgery.

    Hope this helps
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  • That does help to know. You are right, it is a hard knot!

    My husband wants to look at it but the surgeon said to wait for the steri-strips to come off on their own and they looked to be there for awhile longer. Thanks!
  • And oh what an ugly sight! I told my husband I'll need cosmetic surgery if it doesn't get better soon, and while I'm at it I might as will get a neck lift and breast agmentation. Oh, I'm bad image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" />

    But really the scar is ugly, red, all knotty and there still that big lump underneath. Surgeon said I would't even know it was there! Hummp!
  • It really will improve with time. My doc said it won't be visible when it completely heals, but I didn't believe him. Now, it's slowly going away on the top and bottom - it's blending right in and the lumps are softening, too.

    I know this is really weird, but I don't want it to totally go away. I think of it as a battle scar and I won the battle so I want to wear it like a badge. Yes, you read that right. :))(

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