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I had a quadruple heart bypass on July 30 2013.I suffered terrible

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I had a quadruple heart bypass on July 30 2013.I suffered terrible pain in the chest incision for the following four months.Also blisters seemed to develop under the surgery line.The consultant removed the wires at eighteen weeks post op.The blisters did not go away but he did not really want to acknowledge that he could feel them.I am now five weeks after all wire removal and the number of little balls have increased and are painful.If touched they are even worse.The original pain,which I suppose was caused by the wires,has now gone but I now have a different problem.The wires may have caused irritation or I could have been allergic to them.No one asked me before the bypass if I had a metal allergy.If they had I would have told them that I have a very bad reaction to nickel.I would say that I have around nine or ten of these BLISTER type things.They cannot be seen form above the skin.
Also, after the wires were removed,the bottom of my leg wound flared up to bright red.My leg wound had been healing without problems.My GP says that he does not think that either site is infected.I do not have any other symptoms that would support an infection.I think that the swellings under my chest are painful,not necessarily because they are full of something,but that they are displacing ordinary flesh.They are not showing any signs of clearing.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this question

I'm very sorry you are suffering like this.

How can I help?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

There is nothing more I can tell you that I have not already covered.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
I understand that Ann.

So your main question is what can you do about the pain?

I am just trying to assess what information you seek
Customer: replied 2 years ago.


I need to know what these lumps underneath the surgery line are and what can be done to remove them as they are now the source of pain.Although Tramadol is helping I can not take that indefinitely.Are these nodules a symptom of something else happening under the chest surgery line.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Could they be inflamed scar tissue?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

The nodules are able to be moved around with fingers and are not attached to surgery line.They are like tiny peas.on one occasion I actually squeezed one under the skin and felt it burst.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 2 years ago.
Thank you Ann.

These are likely little pockets of infection actually

I agree with you.

I don't think your doctor is correct that they are not infection

My advice would be to have the doctor take a small, fine needle and drain the fluid out of one of them and send for analysis.

That will tell us if it is infection or not.


I hope this helps.

If you have more questions, just reply. :)

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