Randomly appearing Lump on Surgical Scar three years after surgery

Patient : Fall of 2009 I had a complete rebuild of the AC joint stemming from a football injury. After 2 surgeries in which involved 2 pain pumps and the use of cadaver parts, I continue to experience continuous pain and numbness which I have learned to live with. Not the issue. However during completely random times, I will develop a lump on the top of my scar. Same place every time, the very top of the scar and they exact insertion point for the pain pump. The area around the lump becomes red, itchy, and warm to touch. The shoulder itself will become stiff. However what is confusing to me is it is completely gone within an hour. I have since been to 2 different doctors who both told me they have heard nothing of the such and to keep an eye on it. One doctor thought it would be a fluid buildup and to poke with a needle next time it occurred. This was done and proved to be a solid mass. X-rays were negative. This has been occurring on and off since surgery.
Doctor :   Without visualizing and examining the lump, i cannot say what is the cause of your lump. Your symptoms are non-specific and do not suggest diagnosis. The lump could be a cyst, which becomes infected occasionally explaining the redness, warmth and itching. However, an infected cyst is unlikely to resolve within a hour. Another possibility is a small collection of joint fluid, which would be a complication of your shoulder surgery. I suggest, if possible, having your doctor examine the lump when it occurs. He?she may then be able to give you a definitive diagnosis.

Related Q&A

Q: My daughter was in a playroom an came into contact with dried blood which was not her own. Please answer the followin...

Q: I have stiffness in my scalp. Years ago I had several severe head trauma incidents with concussions. I have problems...

Q: I am a 19 year old female that has not had her first vaginal/pelvic exam yet. when do you suggest having one. I am go...

Q: I am a 56 yr old female who was on Imipramine 75 mg/daily for approx. 28 yrs. Doctor chose to switch me to Lexapro. ...

Q: I woke up this morning with a pain in my bladder that was dull. While working this morning it became very painful and...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews