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Leakage from incision after fusion 5 weeks later.

zillano9zzillano9 Posts: 18
edited 02/02/2014 - 6:14 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hey all. Had a fusion for l4-l5 done 12/17 and has been up and down since then. Surgery was mostly the anterior approach expect for placement of peddicle screws from the back. Anyway I just realized the front of my shirt had a slight yellow wetness to it. After checking out my incision site and doing a little light pressing there's definitely a leak coming from there. Nothing remarkable pain wise besides the normal stuff and the fluid doesn't smell.

I'm going to make some calls tomorrow but wanted to check in here to see if anyone else has dealt with this and their experience.

Thanks all....get better soon.
Alif with percutaneous screws L4-L5 scheduled for 12/17. Can't wait to start getting better,


  • in 2008 I had a posterior laminectomy c4/c5 and about the 1month point I had a discharge from the bottom of the incision. They had used the dissolving sutures and apparently my body decided to reject some of the stitch material vice dissolve it. The surgeon gave me a short course of antibiotics and the bottom of the wound finally healed at about the 2 month point. It definitely should be followed up on with your surgeon. Hope it's nothing serious.
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • zillano9zzillano9 Posts: 18
    edited 02/02/2014 - 5:08 PM
    I also had the dissolvable type. Leak seemed to be coming from on small place along that route. Thanks. I'll be calling tomorrow and already have an appt for thurs. The leaking seems to have slowed down to almost nothing now thank goodness.
    Alif with percutaneous screws L4-L5 scheduled for 12/17. Can't wait to start getting better,
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