I recently had a hip replacement. On the day after the surgery, I went to physical therapy. After therapy, I took a nap.
When I awakened from the nap, I noticed a large lump at the surgical area, so I called a nurse. She notified the surgeon, who ordered an x-ray of the site. After returning to my room from x-ray, I began feeling nauseated, weak, and dizzy. My BP started falling and my heart rate increased. I started losing consciousness. I woke up in the ICU with an IV in one arm, and a unit of blood running into the other arm. In all, I required four units of blood.
Here I am, 28 days later, and the "lump" is still as huge as it was the day it developed. The doctors are still saying it will absorb, but I'm getting tired of having it hanging around! Eight months ago I had to have an L-4,L-5 spinal fusion. I developed a severe infection in that surgical area. No more surgery for me!