It was found that I had a soft tissue mass on my lower left leg, medially, below my knee. After various tests, venous complications were ruled out. I saw an orthopedist and a vascular surgeon, who ultimately referred me to a plastic surgeon to have it removed (it was causing pain). I had it removed in August 2014, surgery went well, and the doctor advised me it would take a few weeks to heal. Well it is now April 2015, and my leg is still swollen, and the bruising has never gone away. The scar looks great, since he is a plastic surgeon, however there is now an indent under my knee where the original mass was- hard to see in the photo however it is indented in the area of the darkest bruising, just medial to the scar). Additionally, there is swelling (it is soft and feels as though it did prior to surgery, which originally made me believe the mass was not fully removed). In the photo, I have cupped the swollen area with my fingers for a better idea. The swelling is below the indent and also spreads laterally. To compare, I would say the circumference of the area of swelling would be close to that of the circumference of a baseball. There is still a large black-and-blue surrounding the scar, which has not improved. It still hurts to touch the area with any kind of pressure, and additionally it hurts to be standing/walking/jumping for too long. This is also impacted workout routines in the gym- I also cannot lean on it, such as to sit on the calves with knees bent.
After telling the surgeon who performed the surgery about these issues 3 months post op, his answer was too wait it out another 2 months, which I did. He then sent me for an MRI which was unremarkable for any concerns. At that point his nurse told me there is nothing else they could do. I went back to my orthopedist, who sent me for a doppler and an MRI w/ and w/out contrast. Doppler was unremarkable and the MRI revealed "post op swelling", which he said should have subsided. He asked me to give him a couple of days to ask other doctors and colleagues for opinions, as we were in "no man's land" at this point. I was advised to call him in a week. That is where I stand now.
Does anyone have ANY information that might help? Can anyone agree that 8 months should be enough time for swelling to subside? Should I see a different specialist? What can I do? I am at a loss for solutions.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!