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Is it normal to feeel a lump on the lumbar spine after a lumbar laminectomy?

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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Sometimes

After a laminectomy there is a defect present since the roof of the spine has been removed at one or more levels so the adjacent levels that are still present may feel like a lump.
Sometimes, there is fluid that accumulates after surgery that feels that way. If you have a headache or fever and chills see you surgeon to make sure it's not an infection or spine fluid leak.

In brief: Sometimes

After a laminectomy there is a defect present since the roof of the spine has been removed at one or more levels so the adjacent levels that are still present may feel like a lump.
Sometimes, there is fluid that accumulates after surgery that feels that way. If you have a headache or fever and chills see you surgeon to make sure it's not an infection or spine fluid leak.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Dr. William Newton
Pain Management

In brief: Yes and no

Early on this is likely swelling.
If it persists then be sure to follow up with your surgeon to be sure it is not a fluid collection or infection.

In brief: Yes and no

Early on this is likely swelling.
If it persists then be sure to follow up with your surgeon to be sure it is not a fluid collection or infection.
Dr. William Newton
Dr. William Newton
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Sometimes

It can be related to how you were sutured to developing a collection of fluid under your incision like a hematoma or seroma.
Or more occasionally from a spinal fluid leak -sometimes it is do to a remaining adjacent spinous process that is now prominant as the others were removed as part of the laminectomy.

In brief: Sometimes

It can be related to how you were sutured to developing a collection of fluid under your incision like a hematoma or seroma.
Or more occasionally from a spinal fluid leak -sometimes it is do to a remaining adjacent spinous process that is now prominant as the others were removed as part of the laminectomy.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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