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Had spinal fusion surgery. Painful lump near the incision site. Should I be worried?

I had a spinal fusion surgery about 3 weeks ago. I have been doing extremely well. However yesterday I just noticed to the right of the top of my incision feels like there is a lump under the skin. Not really physically noticeable but you can feel it when you touch it. It is not extremely painful just feels a little sore. Should I be worried?
Asked On : Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

First of all, I would like to reassure you that your symptoms do not suggest any serious problem.

There could be small swelling at the site of incision, due to old blood/healing tissues.

If you develop fever or if the area becomes tender, you should get it checked by the Neurosurgeon to exclude a local infection.

I hope it helps.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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