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Four months post top surgery


Just a quick update.

Trigger warning: Graphic discussion of pathology. And naked dog.

For the last few weeks, I have been feeling a few small nodules under my scars – not unlike pooch’s ovario-hysterectomy, where the scar on her tummy feels bead-like all along. Her vet said at the time that it is a result of  the sutures and nothing to worry about, but I’m not a Pug (pugnacious perhaps) and I was a little concerned about my own peas in a pod.

At the 4 month post-op checkup, the surgeon examined these peas and drew circles with a marker around some, photographing them in relation to a ruler-kind of instrument, which looked very much like something a carpenter would use. Then he said that he was not really concerned and that he suspects them to be fat necrosis.

Fat necrosis

He explained in layman’s terms that they occur when an area of fatty tissue is damaged. These cells loose blood flow and are deprived of oxygen, usually as a result of injury or after surgery. Some fat cells may respond differently to injury. Instead of forming scar tissue, they die and release their contents. This forms a sac-like collection of greasy fluid called an oil cyst.

These necrosis would probably resolve on their own (don’t you hate it when a surgeon uses such non-reassuring language!), but if they do not do so in two month’s time, he would insert a needle and draw out the fluid. Aaarrrggg!!!!

I always thought I would die of fat.


Fat pooch

Pooch in provocative pose (actually just sleeping).


Author: Kris

Hi! I'm Kris. I live in South Africa with my life partner of 27+ years, whom I call B or Madam in my posts. We have a Pug dog child, Remi, also known as Pooch, who has graced and enriched our lives for the past 12 years.

11 thoughts on “Four months post top surgery

  1. Just to cheer you up: I have a ganglion cyst on my wrist. Or actually, it’s a whole bunch of them all nicely bundled up together. Nothing to worry about – though that’s of course exactly what I did when I first discovered it. I had it surgically removed (needle expiration was not an option in my case, and the Bible-method might have actually broken my wrist due to where the stupid cyst is located.
    It came back. It still hurts like the devil from time to time, but I don’t think I’ll have it removed again. Chances are, it will come back again. And again, and again, so what’s the point, eh?
    BUT: It’s absolutely harmless. So there. Cysts are nothing to worry about.
    Also, that nekkid dog is hurting my innocent eyes. =P


    • Thanks for the cheering up, Liam! Sorry to hear about your bundle of aching cysts and I agree, no use of having them removed if they reappear. I am optimistic mine will be as benign as the surgeon thinks. Sorry to have had you lost your innocence at such a tender age with a pornographic photo! 😛

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    • Liam, that Bible-method you mentioned has me puzzled – care to enlighten me? 🙂 I see a vision of your hand being chopped off with an ax!


  2. If you look half as good as your pup, I wouldn’t worry. you could also order on line http://www.lhasaoms.com/Tiger-Warmer.html#.VEgphGd0y00. Acupuncturist use these with the moxa sticks. Anyways, I had great results on my scars using this post op breaking down tissue, moving fluid etc. Not totally sure what impact it will have on fatty tissue but it wont hurt.


  3. Scar tissue certainly is remarkable stuff. Would light massage help?


  4. I’ve had fluid ‘withdrawn’ from my knee and I didn’t even know when they did it (the doctor was talking to me and I felt his hand examining my knee and then he said he was done and held up this big needle full of ugly stuff that might’ve been drank on Fear Factor). Not sure if this is any consolation but it’s intended to be. You’ll be fine! 😀 😀 😀