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Lump/swelling 3 weeks after microdiscectomy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,550
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've had my first (hopefully last microdiscectomy) incision for three weeks now. One week ago, the nurse removed the dressing, cut the tags and said things looked fine (don't remember if the lump was there at the time)

Now in the last two days I'm feeling (even seeing) a lump/swelling right at the top of the incision, about an inch by an inch.

I've read on a couple of posts that swellings aren't a good sign, but has anyone had any experience of this?

Doctor's getting a call in the morning I think!

Cheers for any advice


  • Hey Gav. I had my microdiscectomy about 9 weeks ago. I never really had a lump like you described, just the usual swelling at the incision site. It was quite swollen for some time, but slowly it's gotten much better. It's almost back to normal.I do though think it's a GREAT idea to consult with your doctor though. Is it tender to the touch? Please don't take my opinion to seriously (I"M NOT A DOCTOR), but I'm concerned it may be an infection. I hope it clears up soon for you. And try not to be too concerned. 3 weeks post op is still very early. Best wishes

  • Cheers Craig, went to the doctor today and he says everything looks normal - some swelling to be expected and since it was soft and spongy it is a relatively good sign

    All the best mate
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  • Glad to hear all is well Gav. It's only natural to react to things with concern after surgery. Great to hear the doc told you it's normal--I suspected it was. My incision healed super fast, but it took a long time for the swelling to go down. Anyways, congrats man! Go easy and listen to your body, but keep living your life.

    Cheers right back, Craig
  • about 5-6 weeks after surgery. i felt a tag and pulled this out -- check it out! http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2lwwqba&s=5

    it was obviously stitches that didn't dissolve. Wonder if you are having it too?

    I really was thinking I needed to call my doctor -- it was sore to the touch and feverish. But after I pulled this out it went away.
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  • Hi Gav!

    I had my microdiscectomy 2 weeks and 2 days ago!I have also had a lump which appeared when dressing was removed..The lump seems to swell in the evenings but the nurse said this is all fine and very normal.

    As your 2 months ahead of me with recovery can you give me a few tips?!

    When did u start driving?

    I am still in quiet abit of pain in the evenings, did you have this?a kind of aching?

    Anything that you think would help me please tell

    Female Aged 22!
  • Only 2 weeks after my L5/S1 micro discectomy and I've started to have swelling on and around the incision site. It's raised about 1/2 inch, is not feverish or painful. Mostly makes it uncomfortable to sit as it puts pressure on the spine. Really seems odd that the swelling should start so long after the surgery. Doctor says not to worry.
    I'm wondering how it resolved itself in those of you from the past?
  • I'm wondering how long it took to resolve your swelling as at 2 weeks post L5/S1 micro discetomy I suddenly have swelling? Not painful or infected but raised 1/2 in. and spongy.
  • I had a PLIF like 3.5 weeks ago and have a very similiar thing... I even posted about it:


    Mine is like 4" long and sticks up like 1" - I jokingly call it a pickle, cuz it looks like there's a pickle under tbe skin! LOL!

    I have no fever and the incision looks fine and is healing great. There is no redness, no oozy, etc...

    Just the little hump...very bizarre. but it makes me feel better to know that some other folks are having the same experience with their incision site swelling up.

    Over the phone, the nurse thought it might be my brace causing it, but on Tuesday I have my 4 week post-op check, so I'll let ya know what my doc has to say about mine.

    Of course, everyone is different, but I hope that my "pickle" might be able to help someone feel a bit better until they talk to their doc, too.

    Good luck to everyone and please keep us updated on how your swelling goes!
  • So, I'm wondering what the Doctor had to say about you 'pickle'? It's 3 weeks post-op now for me and the lump is still there. i'm thinking it may be a tad smaller but not really sure. Almost feels like a small fatty cyst. No pain just when I lie on my back on the floor or lean against something that presses it in. Bulges more when i sit a lot less when I walk or ride a bike.

    Let me know how it is since you are a bit further along then me.
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