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Fluid in belly from TT

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Fluid in belly from TT

Postby nailwiz » Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:23 pm

:( I had a Mini TT Jan.23 everything is healing fine, had 2 drains,they were both taken out in 1 week. Have been wearing compression garment since then and still wearing it all the time even when I sleep. My belley is still filling up w/ fluid, PS is still having to extract w/needle/syrenge every week for the last 4 weeks-ouch! Why is this happening and how much longer will this continue to happen? It looks like there are water balloons in my stomach and it feels very strange with it swishing around back & forth. Will this go away or did the surgery go wrong?? I wanted a flat stomach and it really isn't right now, one side is a little flatter than the other but still not like I thought it was going to be. Did the drains come out to soon? I wasn't really that big when I had this done, that's why I only had to have a mini TT. How long before all this excess fluid goes away?? I hope you have some ansewers for me, thanks! :)
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Postby Dr.Hochstein » Tue Mar 03, 2009 10:13 pm

What you have is called a seroma. It is caused by disruption of the lymphatic channels during the course of the surgery and will continue until your lymphatic system can absorb the fluid after adequate healing. In actuality this is much more related to you and your healing rather than your surgeon. The only problem with seromas is if they are not treated but your surgeon is doing the right thing by aspirating it on a regualr and frequent basis. Sometimes they can seem to go on forever but eventually they always dry up and when that happens it is almost instantaneous. Hang in there you will be flat soon enough.
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Postby nailwiz » Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:32 pm

:( You say I have a"Seroma", can you tell me more about this? How does one get this? How long will I have it, 6 mos., a yr.?? Should I drink more water will that help? How about a massage therapy? Other than the Dr. taking the fluid out w/ the syrenge/needle what else can I do, I'm still wearing compression garment everyday,all day,all night long it just feels good to wear it. You had said it was more related to my healing, okay what is not healing right or wrong? I guess I'm just confused as to what is going on with this "Seroma". So please explain in more detail to me. Thanks!!
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Postby Dr.Hochstein » Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:11 pm

There is nothing that is healing wrong. It is just one of the things that make us all different. It will stop and likely within the next several weeks. The only thing you can do to help is to try and not be too active otherwise just try to be patient. It will take care of itself.
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