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Does a seroma have to be drained?

Does a seroma have to be drained?

Postby fromthenorth » Tue May 22, 2007 4:10 pm

hi all,

new development... When I press on one side of my tummy above my incision I do get a slight swooshing on the opposite side of my tummy. I have no lump or obvious swelling - just a slight waterbed type movement when I press.

How long post-op are we 'out of the woods' for getting a seroma?

Does a seroma look like a lump or is your tummy flat but fluid-y like a waterbed?

Normal or not?

Thanks!
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Postby KrissyNelson » Tue May 22, 2007 6:35 pm

Hi there! That does sound like a seroma, also called a fluid pocket. I had one at about 2 weeks po...and my PS did drain mine, but he didn't act it was a big deal if it wasn't drained. If you do need it drained, it's really not a big deal. Just a little discomfort, but you are probably still numb, plus they will use a local on it to make sure it's numb. I thought getting drained was better than still having the actual drains in! I went back one week later, and still had a small fluid pocket, but he said he'd let it go another week and it would probably go down, and it did. Oh, if they do drain you, you will feel an immediate relief! It was like being so bloated and all of a sudden it was gone! My pants fit so much better when I walked out of there compared to when I went it!
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Postby fromthenorth » Wed May 23, 2007 7:28 am

Oh thanks so much for the response!

I think you're right it sounds like a seroma -- but it's not major swooshing, just slight. So maybe he'll leave it another week, who knows? I don't feel bloated but my tummy is definitely more sore today. Are seromas sore to the touch?
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Postby KrissyNelson » Wed May 23, 2007 7:43 am

Hey there!!! When do you see your PS? Hopefully he'll get you taken care of. Again, draining it really isn't bad at all, so don't stress if he wants to do that. I can't remember it being sore..but then again, everything was either sore, or numb at that point!!

I'm heading in for a revison in a few hours! Wish me luck and keep me posted!
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Postby fromthenorth » Wed May 23, 2007 7:48 am

Hey!

I see him tomorrow afternoon - so we'll see what he says. I wouldn't be surprised if says 'it's normal' or 'it will subside on its own' and that I'm over reacting. But I want to be prepared if he does have to drain it. Does he drain it in one spot only?

GOOD LUCK with your revisions girl! I'll be watching to see how it goes.
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Postby KrissyNelson » Wed May 23, 2007 8:15 am

Oh good, glad you are seeing him soon so you don't have to worry about it! Mine was only drained in one spot. He first pressed around to really 'find' it, then gave me a shot of local anesthestic, then had me stand. He asked if I would be ok to stand...to make sure I wasn't one that might pass out seeing a big needle, but I was fine. That made it 'centralize' a little more so he could get to it. Took a few minutes for him to actually 'hit' it, but I didn't feel any pain. A little uncomfortable because I could feel pressure, but not pain. You'll be fine! :-)

Tks!!!! I'm counting down..1hour 45 mins 'til I have to be at the PS's office! I'll post soon!
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Postby fromthenorth » Wed May 23, 2007 11:07 am

OK got it. thanks sooo much for the details - I'm a detail-oriented gal!

I will let you know what he says after I him tomorrow. I did notice that when I'm lying down it doesn't swoosh, but when I stand up it does? Huh?

GOOD LUCK this aft!!! will send positive vibes your way. :)
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Postby daisy100 » Wed May 23, 2007 11:19 am

Hi, Good luck at the PS tomorrow, I'm sure it'll be fine either way, if he needs to drain it or wants to wait. I had a seroma that kept coming back and needed to be drained a bunch of times but it was no big deal. Drained in 1 place, needle looks scary but doesn't hurt and you feel better afterward. If it's a small amount of fluid the body will absorb it on it's own, your PS will decide. Don't worry though and good luck!
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