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How To Treat Seroma
2 years post op fusion l3-l4 diagnosed with seroma been in pain the whole time after surgery is this something serious back, hip, leg pain. How treated?
Maybe: A collection of fluid may be seroma or a pseudomeningocele. The latter is a spinal fluid leak that has collected but not enlarged or communicated with the skin. Sure, this could cause pain if there is a nerve trapped. I would suggest that maybe the fusion has not become solid (pseudoarthrosis) or there is a problem adjacent to the previous surgery from progressive arthritis. See your spine surgeon. ...Read more
Seroma: Seromas come as a result of a fluid collection under the skin for instance. As the fluid collects it begins to feel tight and can lead to pain. Overlying skin may get shiny and red. These are not terribly uncommon after some types of surgery. Some go away on their own. Some will require further treatment. Definitely alert your doctor so the area can be evaluated. ...Read more
Yes: If caught early and the type of histology is favorable it is totally treated with very high success rate. ...Read more
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R/o wound infection: 18 year old gentleman with fluid collection/wound. Please visit your MD asap. You may have a significant fluid collection under that wound, and it needs to be insp aspirated or drained. If you develop a fluid/gas collection, get it seen. Fluid collections can harbor or develop significant infections. Warmth, redness, pain, swelling are symptoms of infection. Symptomatic seroma needs exam/aspiration ...Read more
I was diagnosed with a seroma in august. I'm just now returning to work and I was wondering if heavy lifting is going to cause the seroma to swell up?
By blood transfusion: In thalassemia patients who are very anemic, and have symptoms from their anemia, periodic transfusions is the usual treatment. If they have had many transfusions, their bodies will get iron overload from the past transfusions (chelation therapy to remove iron may be needed). The cure for thalassemia major is through bone marrow transplantation. ...Read more
Only with surgery: Hypermetropia or hyperopia is a refractive error where the optical elements of the eye are too weak for the length of the eye. Commonly this is known as farsightedness. Glasses and contact lenses can be used to improve the vision but do not change the size or shape of the eye. Refractive surgery may treat the problem, if indicated. ...Read more
Very much so: "lumbago" is simply a fancy medical term for low back pain. In many cases, low back pain is very treatable and often responds well to osteopathic manipulation. In the hands of a skilled physician, omm has been shown to be very effective at treating low back pain while reducing the need for drugs and surgery. I would suggest hunting down a local do and see what they can do for you. ...Read more
Generally, yes: "Sciatica" is a layman's term describing pain in the pelvis or low back that radiates down the back of the thigh, below the knee and usually into the foot. Medically, it is called a lumbar radiculopathy, though other conditions can mimic the symptoms. In most cases, the causes are treatable and in many cases, completely treatable. Treatable dose not mean"cure" however, and it is quite common. ...Read more
MRI finding?: You describe a lesion in the deep brain. The cause must be determined. It could be a minor finding of minor significance. It could be the sign of a serious neurological condition. It may be an incidental finding on MRI of no clinical significance. Your doctor should discuss the significance of this finding with you in detail. ...Read more
Yes!: Treating anemia is like filling the gas tank in your car.  you help replace the gas. Depending on the kind of anemia, you take supplements or change your diet so you get more iron or vitamin b12.  you figure out why your gas tank was running low and fix the leak. Are you bleeding somewhere in your gut? Heavy periods? Chronic disease? Not eating well? But yes, you can refill your tank! ...Read more
Very: It must be diagnosed early and treated by a highly-specialized diet with full compliance, to avoid massive brain damage. This is one area that you cannot manage yourself; thankfully, there are all sorts of resources available to you. The fact that you found us on healthtap says you're resourceful enough to do this. I'm glad -- and I wish you good luck. ...Read more
Weakness of heart.: CHF is primarily caused by an issue in the heart that prevents it from being able to supply your body with the oxygen it needs. This can be caused by weakness of the heart muscle, insufficiency of a valve in the heart or a rhythm disturbance that disrupts the forward flow of blood from the heart. Medications and procedures are available for treatment. ...Read more
Fluid Collection: It is normal and expected for tissue fluid to seep into any open space that follows an operation--we call these fluid collections seromas. In time, the fluid is absorbed and replaced by scar tissue. Rarely, this fluid persists, requiring aspiration, or becomes infected, requiring drainage. Bottom line: 99% of the time, no worries. ...Read more