Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
183 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

Suggest remedy for pain after spine surgery

Answered by
Dr. Grzegorz Stanko

General Surgeon

Practicing since :2008

Answered : 5770 Questions

Posted on Wed, 21 Jan 2015 in Back Pain
Question: Daughter had spine surgery 3 weeks ago. Started to feel great and is now experiencing a lot of pain. Does the incision look infected? No discharge but a bit puffy and red at the top.
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 36 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It seems that there is some fluid collection inside, it can be infected.

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for the query.

Is the pain localized to the wound or it can be sensed deeper? Does she have any spine pains?

This wound looks like there is some fluid collection inside. It might be infected. Typical wound infection symptoms are redness, pain and fever. It should be also warmer than the rest of the body.
The reason for fluid collection is usually bleeding caused by surgery. Such bleeding could appear right after the surgery so the fluid could be there for 3 weeks. It is also possible that the stitches are getting rejected from the wound.

I suggest her to visit a doctor. Soft tissues ultrasound should be done to see if there is any fluid. If so, the fluid should be drained and antibiotics given.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

Recent questions on  Wound infection

doctor1 MD

I'm 25 and have never retracted foreskin from penis gland( mild phimosis ). When I do touch it it hurts( probably cuz I've never exposed my head in...

doctor1 MD

I work for an Asian family in PA. Their daughter, 33, was in an accident in Myanmar , last Saturday. She has finally arrived in US and will arrive...

doctor1 MD

I had a double masectomy about four years ago. I had expanders put in. three months l blew up. I got a bad Staph infection. I was on keflex 1.5...

doctor1 MD

I have severe arthritis in the hip - the xray reveals there is no cartilage between my joints - in other words it is bone on bone. If I have a...

doctor1 MD

My husband accidentally gave our 15 month old son, his brother's Amoxicillan 400MG from the Dr. Our other son is 3 yrs old, and his dosage is 5...

doctor1 MD

I was taking vicodin for pain relief while fighting a wound infection. I accidently took 5 pills in a 3 hour period. Then I went off of it...

doctor1 MD

my mom after having serjury , and after the staples came out it was infected . They are using packing and a pump to drain it. She is also allergic...