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Emergency? L5- S1 microdisectomy brown liquid on gauze

I had a L5- S1 microdisectomy yesterday morning. My wife discovered a brown liquid along the bottom of the incision gauze this evening after we got home a few hours ago. We called the surgeon emergency on call line and left a message. Does this sound like an emergency?


  • Its not iodine? They use a ton of iodine in surgery for sterilization and it turns a brown color when dry and is sticky.
  • It could be sero something or another fluid draining. Trust me from experience, it is better it drains then build up. I had my L5/S1 360 fusion 10/29/12 and my stupid front incision is still draining that brownish liquid and has been infected on and off. Make sure you check it at least daily to make sure there is no pus. I am so tired of dealing with it and my skin is so raw from the tape. I can't get in to see my surgeon til 01/07/13 so I am dealing with it best I can.

    If it starts to hurt, get really red and puffy, or you get a fever go into the ER because you may have an infection. My 1st infection actually happened 5 weeks after the surgery and the second 8 weeks. Just keep watching it and let us know what happens.

    Single level L5/S1 360 fusion with 6 screws and a rod (10/29/12)
    Diagnosis: Grade 1-2 spondylolithesis, Pars Defect, L5/S1 disc tear anterior and posterior, DDD, spinal stenosis
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