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Pain and lump formation in the armpit after tendon and ligament surgery. What to do?

Hi there, I had tendon , ligament and RC surgery on my shoulder 4 weeks ago, about 2 weeks ago I started to feel pain in my armpit and there was a number of small lumps . I was prescribed penicillin 7days ago for what the GP described as an infection, the pain is worse than ever now and the lumps are much much bigger. Any help? David
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Based on your description, I suspect that the lumps in your armpit could possibly be enlarged axillary lymph nodes. These enlarged nodes indicates infection in the surrounding areas.

A detailed clinical examination is necessary to establish a possible cause for their enlargement.

In the meantime, use of some antiinflammatory medicine like Advil or Aleve will help in reducing the pain.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Wed, 4 Sep 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Michelle Gibson James's  Response
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

If the infection is persisting or worsening despite the use of antibiotics, it is possible that the organisms are not responsive to the antibiotics given.

In addition since they are enlarging, it may signify the formation of one or more abscesses which would require incision and drainage.

You likely require a second course of antibiotics as well.

I hope this helps
Answered: Wed, 4 Sep 2013
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