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Lump/swelling 3 weeks after microdiscectomy

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  • I had the same surgery on l4 and l5. The first few days after surgery I was just generally sore. It wasn't until about a week after that I noticed swelling at the incision site. I also started having serious pain running from the incision to my hip and all the way down my leg. My doctor called in an anti-inflammatory for the pain, which helped, but I still have to watch the way I sit or lay. The swelling is still there, though. It is also fairly tender, but extremely painful to the touch. I was fitted for a brace, but with the swelling, I can hardly stand to wear it. I have my follow-up appointment tomorrow, so I hope to get some answers then. I have noticed a slight decrease in the swelling the last couple of days, I think. Either that, or I've just paid so much attention to it lately that I can't tell anymore.
    Sarah
  • Hi, I'm 3 weeks and one day out from a left lateral microdiscectomy at L5-S1 and I too have a lump in the incision area which is about 2" long, 1" wide and 3/4" raised up. It is not tender and firm and I would agree with the poster who called it a pickle but a very firm one. A week ago the nurse practitioner at my folowup visit said it wasn't uncommon to have some swelling but I think it's bigger now than then. I'm also still having some leg pain, a lot of foot numbness and some pain, and most of all a lot of back and hip pain. I don't know if any of the other problem are related to the lump but I think I'd feel better if it resolved.
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  • Anonymous said:
    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
    louloulou123
  • i too have a very large lump just above the wound of my discectomy i had just last monday

    louloulou123
  • LizLiz Posts: 9,384
    This is an old thread, for the best responses and support I suggest you make a new post, you can do this by clicking on 'Create forum post' on the left column.




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  • Ckur6CCkur6 Posts: 2
    edited 11/16/2014 - 1:12 PM
    I know this is an old thread, but seeing as there are multiple posters in this thread with good information on the issue, and forums are normally accessed via a search for a topic, I am posting in this thread. I'm not looking for help.

    I'm 7th day from an l5-s1 microdisectomy (laminotomy). Most pain from surgery was gone yesterday (6). In the evening I started noticing leg pain ( similiar to the old sciatica but only shooting and not constant), and similiar pain in the back. The night before, it felt like I was laying on a golf ball. I noticed last eve before shower that I also have the lump described. Mine is not a pickle, but more of a ball right at the top of the incision. Leg, back, and lump persist through today.

    Will continue to add information. Thanks to those who posted back after dr visit. I'll rest easy that it is normal, until the dr says otherwise.
  • I know this is an old thread, but seeing as there are multiple posters in this thread with good information on the issue, and forums are normally accessed via a search for a topic, I am posting in this thread. I'm not looking for help.

    I'm 7th day from an l5-s1 microdisectomy (laminotomy). Most pain from surgery was gone yesterday (6). In the evening I started noticing leg pain ( similiar to the old sciatica but only shooting and not constant), and similiar pain in the back. The night before, it felt like I was laying on a golf ball. I noticed last eve before shower that I also have the lump described. Mine is not a pickle, but more of a ball right at the top of the incision. Leg, back, and lump persist through today.

    Will continue to add information. Thanks to those who posted back after dr visit. I'll rest easy that it is normal, until the dr says otherwise.
  • I went in for mine last week . Today it was hot and swollen and inky hurts with pressure. But my question is how big are everyone's incisions? I went on being told I was getting a one inch incision and when I took my dressing off the next day,it was about four and no one warned me lol.
  • picture post thats my swelling since my microdisectomy/failed epidural.... and I am now having surgery with a fusion...I kept a photo journal and showed my dr like how it looked prior to activity as it looked after activity....keeping notes and photos help.
    This can't be happening
  • Ccadden534CCcadden534 Posts: 1
    edited 01/24/2016 - 8:35 PM
    Hi I had a discectomy exactly three weeks ago today and have noticed some swelling above my incision almost like a bump. I am worried that this may be an infection or something serious. I am only 22 years old and it frightens me a little. Can someone give me some information if you have it please :)

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