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Post-Discectomy swelling not on incision

I am 3 and a half weeks post-op on a L5-S1 micro-discectomy (disc herniated mostly left side), and have recently discovered that I have swelling in my lower back, directly to the left of my incision.

I had a fairly considerable lump on the incision for about 2 weeks, which has reduced, but now this other swelling has me a little concerned.

It feels a little hot and sore to touch. I am just concerned because one swelling went down, while this one has increased. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


  • Thats a very scary post, im on my way to microD surgery and one of the risks is chance of infection. Did you have a 2 week follow up? either way make an appt with your doctor ASAP, thats the only way to find out what is wrong!!!

    Good Luck!
    L5S1 REMOVED herniation. Years of pain & compression. Microdiscectomy complete!! Trying to be super smart & safe with recovery!
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