Incision site swelling

Posted by autocrosserdan (44 posts)
Nov 30, 2015 8:27 AM

I'm curious if anyone else's incision site on their back feels/looks like there is something implanted there like the pulse generator in the buttocks? I know we all heal at different rates, but being almost three weeks post-op I'm surprised it is still swollen like that. My most sensitive part was the butt cheek because the doctor had to dig into muscle for the implant due to lean muscle mass, but that has now subsided. My back incision site isn't sensitive to the touch, but there is a very discernible lump there. I've had a blood test to check for infection and it came back negative. Did anybody experience this or still experiences it?

Posted by ggerbrandt (142 posts)
Dec 03, 2015 11:53 PM

My incision site took several weeks to heal. The bruise lasted for a long time.

Posted by jinglepaws (220 posts)
Dec 03, 2015 2:30 AM

I thought the lead incision on my back would never heal. It was super sensitive and very uncomfortable for 6 months or more. I was extremely thin at the time of surgery and I am petite (5'2"). My theory was that there was a very tight space to place the leads in on the spine. I believe what I felt was the friction against my skin and the lead wire. With time, that slowly subsided. I assume it slowly stretched out to better accommodate the leads. I'm 3 and a half years out and the incision on my spine has healed over but still has red scar line running through it. The scar for my IPG in my lower back healed so much better than the the incision on the spine area. I am still occasionally uncomfortable if I lean my incision area against a chair, sofa, etc for an extended time. Since you've ruled out an infection, just be patient, it will get better. It just might take quite a while though.

Posted by autocrosserdan (44 posts)
Dec 03, 2015 6:32 AM

Thank you for your responses. It does answer my concerns. I would have thought my buttock incision point would have taken longer to heal since they had to get through muscle to make a pocket. It certainly bruised a lot more than the back site, which sounds just like yours jinglepaws. I really do appreciate your input.

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Jul 25, 2018 3:33 AM

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