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Can previous scar tissue interfere with TT results?

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Can previous scar tissue interfere with TT results?

Postby SummerBreeze » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:35 am

Good morning!

Here's a brief history so you can understand the context of my questions. I had my gallbladder removed in Aug. 05 and then I got pregnant the following month. Because my gallbladder incision was still healing as my belly was expanding, I ended up with more scar tissue around that area, along with mild, but chronic pain from it. The scar itself is .75 of an inch, though.

Fast forward to the present. I got a TT four weeks ago, and my gallbladder scar is less than .25 inches away from my new BB, and I have developed a seroma right underneath the gallbladder scar. The seroma developed within the first week of sx. The seroma is slightly larger than the size of a quarter.

My PS said that it was small and didn't need drained. He does not think that my gallbladder scar has anything to do with the occurance of the seroma, but I do. It has been 4 weeks since my sx, and this seroma is still the same size and still painful. There are no signs of resolution.

I have two general questions:

How long does it take a seroma to resolve on it's own (if it's not drained)?

Can scar tissue from a previous sx cause a seroma-like appearance or interrupt and/or distort TT healing? Could the scar tissue prevent the skin from reattaching and present itself like a seroma (i.e. puffy skin)?

Thank you for your time.
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Postby Dr.Hochstein » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:41 pm

Your scar should have nothing to do with it but i believe all seromas should be drained and quickly. If you can see it, it should be drained otherwise there is a risk of developing scar tissue in the area.

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