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Hi I had laparscopic removal of left ovary and fallopian tube, they said it was a corpus/hemorrhagic cyst with alot of adhesions behind the ovary. it has been 6 days since the surgery and i developed cellulitis on the skin just below the belly button incision and got put on antibiotics. i have a hard lump just below the belly button incision and still in pain is this normal, was feeling better now I am feeling lousy. she said i could have a uterin infection and put me on another antibiotic but i hesitate to take it as I do not do well with them and was not tested for bacterial infection of the uterus, just assumed do to sensitivity during an exam. thank you Lori
A hard lump near the incision can be due to a few different things. The most common is, as you say, a cellulitis. Cellulitis means that some of the normal skin bacteria has overgrown an area that was vulnerable (like an incision). The signs and symptoms include pain, redness, tenderness, and a sensation of heat at that site. The treatment includes local measures such as some "warm soaks" (moist heat), and antibiotics.
If a local skin infection is not improving with antibiotics, it can progress to a deeper infection where there can be pus under the skin. If that occurs it is important to open the incision and let the pus drain.
A lump can be from a small collection of blood called a hematoma. If these do not get infected, they will get absorbed by the body over time.
Sometimes a small collection of clear fluid can occur (a seroma). If tender, it can be drained.
Finally, sometimes, and rarely, a lump can be from a hernia which is a weakness at the incision site. In those cases, fat and sometimes bowel can push through the weakness and cause a bulge.
I cannot comment on whether you should take the extra antibiotic or not. You need to check in with your doc about that. Take care!
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