Hello fellow spineys!
(PLIF L5-S1, total Lami, Decompression on 12/5)
I know most of us are not docs, but we do have personal experience! So, I wanted to ask the folks who have had these posterior fusions a question...
I do plan to call my doc tomorrow, but wanted to check in here since it's after hours and I'm a bit weirded out.
So, yesterday was my 2 week post-op appt, says I'm just a little bit behind where I maybe should be, but still well within expected norms. The incision is also healing beautifully and he expects I should fuse well because I "have great bones" - so he said immediately at post-op.
Well, for the length of the incision (like 4-5")- it is swollen. Like, the only way I can think to describe it is that there is like a "pickle" under the skin! LOL! :OO
There is no fever, no redness at all, no drainage, no nothing, not even excessively painful to press a teeny bit...
like I said, the incision itself is truly beautiful. It is paper thin and looks like it'll be near invisible when it finishes healing, but I just have this pickle - which I'm guessing is just a bizarre-looking, but (hopefully) natural type of swelling. I mean, I guess the swelling takes a while to resolve, but it looks so strange and is uncomfy with my brace, which even seems to encourage said pickle as it's a chair-back brace and the incision is between two bars... :?
So...has anyone experienced such a specific swelling under their incision like this? Anyone else had a "pickle" type swelling? HAHA - omg - that sounds so odd to even ask!
Thanks so much for your thoughts! :X