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Unread 04-25-2008, 02:36 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

My TAH was 6/07. For about the last four or five months, I have this lump that will appear in the same spot on my incision line. Its about an inch in length, under the skin, very sore and painful to the touch and hurts when I walk or sit. It lasts about three to four days and goes back down.

I have mentioned it to my surgeon on my follow-ups but of course at the appt, its never present. He said the incision looked good just like it should.

Well two days ago the lump came back again. It's shrinking back down again. The dr can see me Monday and wants to do a culture on it if it's still present. Otherwise I will have to wait for it to pop up again and he will get me in for the culture.

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Unread 04-25-2008, 03:19 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

It could possibly be a hernia. I know I am having a CT scan on Monday to check for that. Other than that, I really do not know.
Unread 04-25-2008, 03:20 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

A hernia? Is your's at your incision line? Does it come and go? Is your's there all the time?
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Unread 04-25-2008, 05:20 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

Okay a friend just told me that she has a friend that had a tummy tuck done. Same incision line as a C section. She said this happened to her. But she can't remember what the friend says it was.

It's really hurting this time. Every step, when I sit, when I stand. It's really making me mad.
Unread 04-25-2008, 07:59 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

I had a TAH on March 17 I know it isn't years but I have been having abdominal surgeries each year for the last four years the only difference between this one and the others was that they actually took out my uterous, tubes, ovaries, and cervix with all my endometriosis. Anyways back to the question, my answer to that your question is that it is a Knot of sutures. When the doctors close the incisions they can use hundreds of sutures to close up the underlying tissue. It takes between 6 to 12 months for those to completely disolve. If you overly do things like maybe vacuuming or abdominal exercises you can make a tear or pop one of the sutures or just make the knot of sutures inflamed and they can become very very painful, very sore, and feel like a little lump maybe the size of a walnut. This can also come in cycles as your body is trying to heal itself and make that area stronger as time goes on. The best way to treat it is:

1. Anti inflamitory medication such as advil or alieve
2. Hot or cold compresses (or both) do 20 minutes on and then 20 minutes off
3. Rest, the more you move and do things when the sutures are inflamed the more they will bother you so relax, lay down and have someone else take care of you
4. If you are worried always always call the Doctor and/or go to the doctor.

I hope this helps. My uncle is a Doctor and my mom's best friend is like one of the best nurses I have ever met and they have really explained stuff to me and hopefully this will help you. Let me know if it does and if you need anything else or have any other questions


BTW I can't spell so Sorry LOL
Unread 04-25-2008, 08:26 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump at Incision Line


Thank you, thank you, thank you for this explanation!!! Just what I need to hear so I can quit stressing over the re-emerging very tender lump and that feeling of tugging that feels like something tore.

Sooooo happy to have you guys help me through the discomforts!!!
Unread 04-26-2008, 11:15 AM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH Melissa! That sounds EXACTLY like what I am going through. Comes and goes. The size of a walnut. Very painful to the touch this time. Under the skin. Hurts to walk.

I am soooo thankful for all of my sister's here!
Unread 04-27-2008, 12:32 PM
Painful Reoccuring Lump At Incision Line

Hi Melissa,
Thank you so much for your great explanation! I am having the same thing (TAH on 3/19/08) and I was getting worried.


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