Incision redness and swelling months after surgery

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Incision redness and swelling months after surgery

by sharcan on Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:00 AM

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I had a TT in July.  I saw the surgeon for a follow-up once and was told the incision looked fine.  Even though it stayed tender, I thought this was normal and thought I should give it time to heal.   I had RAI 4 weeks ago and a scan a week later.  It showed lots of uptake in the throat area.  I thought the redness and swelling that showed up three days ago was probably from the RAI.  I talked to my endo and she said it had nothing to do with that, it must be from the incision itself.  She told me to take 400 mg of Advil 3 times a day, as it is an anti-inflammatory.  I have an appointment with the endo tomorrow.  Wouldn't antibiotics be in order for this?  Anyone else have a problem with incision 3 months after surgery??  Thank.  Sharyl

RE: Incision redness and swelling months after surgery

by sharcan on Mon Oct 12, 2009 12:00 AM

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Guess I should have added that there are occasional shooting pains, burning and a pin-prickly sensation. I have also been using cold compresses to relieve the sensations.    Any help would be appreciated.  Sharyl

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by dancebase on Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:00 AM

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Because I am of dark complexion, I could not tell if there was any redness, however, there was a large area where there was swelling.  After being placed on low fat diet for 1 month the swelling went away.  However, there was a"bubble" swollen spot just below my incision.  It's been 2 years and its still there.  It was tested several times making sure it was not an infection.  The area above the incision up to the bottom of my jaw line is still numb.  upon touch there is a sharp tingly feeling especially when I remove an occasional hair that grows on my chin.  Its certainly better than it was 2 years ago because the numbness at that time went from my cheek bone down to my shoulder.  Over time it got better and better.  After approx. 6 months, the numbness was only in the area above my incision up to my jaw bone.  This does not prevent me from normal activity although having a vehicle equipped with a rear view camera has proven to be my liberator the first year.  Recently I was doing some volunteer work on a building and was given a massage by a reflexologist on site and she was able to help me gain even more flexibility with my neck.

RE: Incision redness and swelling months after surgery

by sharcan on Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:00 AM

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Thank you so much for your reply.  I do have some numbness just above the incision.  I also have a "bubble" like swelling above the incision at the center point.  The surgeon said it would go away in time.  It has gotten somewhat smaller in the past three months, but I tend to think it may never go away completely.  I saw my endo two days ago and she said the redness and swelling looked more like an allergic reaction to something, more than it did an infection of the incision.  It still very tender in and around the incision, but not as red as it was.  The endo just told me to use hydrocortizone creme on it.  I've been using that so maybe that's all it was.  But I still think the incision itself feels more tender than it should three months after surgery.  But then I've never had surgery on my neck before.  I'll just keep an eye on it and see what happens.  Thank you again for taking the time to respond.  It really is helpful to know that I'm not alone.  God bless.  Sharyl
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