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What Is A Seroma
Fullness, drainage: Seromas are fairly common after lumpectomy, should be distinguished from a hematoma (blood clot). Both can present with fullness (and discomfort) in the area of the surgery and drainage, although hematomas tend to drain bloody fluid and present earlier than serums. Treatment generally includes repeated aspirations in the office until the seroma resolves. If it is red, abscess if possible also. ...Read more
Collection of fluid: A seroma is a collection of fluid (serum). The serum is the liquid part of your blood (as opposed to the cells) and is similar to the fluid that is inside a blister. Seromas can occur after any surgery and can resolve without treatment although sometimes the doctor will draw out the fluid. If it is causing a lot of discomfort, return to the doctor for treatment. DO NOT TRY TO DRAIN IT ON YOUR OWN. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Postop Breast Lump: A seroma is a fluid collection that (always) develops in open cavities after surgery. In time, your body will replace this fluid with scar tissue. Rarely, the fluid will persist and require needle aspiration, sometimes repeatedly. After a lumpectomy, a seroma will feel like a persistent breast lump. If this persists months later and is causing discomfort, aspiration is indicated. ...Read more
I was told today that i needed to have open surgery to correct a weak spot and seroma in my abdomen. I know what to except with the weak spot but what does surgery for the seroma intell?
Similar to expected: A seroma is a collection of fluid outside of a defined vessel, such as in a hernia sac, or in an area of chronic inflammation. Surgery to correct your abdominal weak spot and seroma likely entails draining the fluid and "shoring up" or reinforcing the weakened area, or obliterating any sac or potential space associated with the fluid collection (seroma). Your doc can be more specific. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My surgeon said thought that i had developed a seroma after lap. Ventral hernia but after having open hernia to fix a defect he said that what he thought was a seroma was more like a cyst is normal?
Need more info: A cyst filled with fluid is essentially the same as a seroma just with a capsule around it. Was it infected? Did he/she find blood (hematoma)? Did he/she leave a drain? Did he/she leave the wound packed open? If so, this can be a nl post op issue. Or is your surgeon saying this is a different cyst unrelated to the surgery ie, a sebacceous cyst? If so it was probably there before the surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What treatment for large abdominail seroma after hernia repair has already been draind twice I use a support binder but its so tender and painful?
Need a Game Plan: Seromas are very common after hernia surgery; almost all resolve w/in a few months after surgery. Rx depends on its size, how long it has been present, symptoms, method of hernia repair, location of mesh etc. Ask your surgeon what his/her "game plan" is. If you are not satisfied w/the answer, you may want to get a 2nd opinion from another hernia surgeon. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers