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My husband just recently had knee surgery . His swelling

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Posted on Sat, 26 Jan 2019
Question: My husband just recently had knee surgery. His swelling is getting worse not better. It has been 2 weeks post op. He now has developed a lump on the outside of his knee which is red and squishy. His whole knee is rock solid except this lump that is mushy like. We went to a walk in clinic since our surgeon is 300 miles away and he said he was going to take a picture and send it to a friend for help :(. He started antibiotics and today the same spot that was red and mushy is now purple and you can start to see his veins going down to this calf.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Probably a cyst due to surgical procedure, more details are needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

The symptoms of your husband are probably related to seroma.

Seroma looks like a swollen lump or a cyst which is filled with fluid.

It usually develops after a surgical procedure.

A photo of the lump would be helpful to help me through the diagnosis.

More details that I may need are:

Does your husband have fever?

Does he have pain in the lump area?

Does he feel rapid heart rate?

When these cysts are red they usually have an infection.

So, I would recommend to continue using antibiotics.

I will be waiting for your response to be able to help you better.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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My husband just recently had knee surgery . His swelling

Brief Answer: Probably a cyst due to surgical procedure, more details are needed. Detailed Answer: Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. The symptoms of your husband are probably related to seroma. Seroma looks like a swollen lump or a cyst which is filled with fluid. It usually develops after a surgical procedure. A photo of the lump would be helpful to help me through the diagnosis. More details that I may need are: Does your husband have fever? Does he have pain in the lump area? Does he feel rapid heart rate? When these cysts are red they usually have an infection. So, I would recommend to continue using antibiotics. I will be waiting for your response to be able to help you better. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.