Hello My name is Andrew. I’m 26. 16 years ago I had a accident that required me to have a c1 c2 fusion. Since then no problems with the fusion. Two days ago I felt a bump on the right side of my neck directly where the operation was. It doesn’t hurt necessarily when I push on it very minor discomfort I can feel it when I lay down. I’m curious if it has something to do with my wire fusion. Could it partially protrude? If so would I feel a bump? No change in r.o.m. Unfortunately the surgeon who operated on me has passed away years ago. Alexs p. Shelokov. Wondering if it could be a cyst or Lymph node. Also if this doesn’t go away should I request a mri? Or ct scan thank you.
You will have an area of scar that you might have had for your entire life after the surgery that you just discovered by palpation. This could be a small fatty collection (lipoma) among many other possibilities. If you have no change in range of motion or changes in pain, I would not be too concerned about your “bump”.
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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.