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.
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.