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East Brunswick, NJ

Seroma where my drain was?
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I got a full tummy tuck with bilateral flank liposuction on December 28, 2009 (2 weeks ago today). I had one drain in my left side, below my belly button but in between the midline of my belly button and hip bone. My surgery was on a Monday and my surgeon took my drain out the Thursday right after. Now, the left side of my tummy under my belly button where the drain was is more swollen than the right side, and I also get sharp shooting pains there. When I went to my 2nd post-op last week, my surgeon told me that it was a seroma and it was "normal" and that it would dissolve itself and my body would absorb it. I asked him if there was anything he could do to extract the fluid like needle aspiration or injecting a fluid into like I have read, and he said it's not necessary. My concern is that I have read about seromas getting infected, getting necrosis, and that the seromas can actually push your skin out, and if they get really bad you may have to get additional surgery. Is my doctor telling me the correct info or do I have reason for concern?

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Plastic surgeon
Miami, FL
United States
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February 9, 2010 2:29 PM

You MUST go see him ASAP before it gets to large. Make sure you get a documented visit to protect you interest. Regards from MIAMI (more)
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Plastic surgeon
La Jolla, CA
United States
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  Removal of Seroma
February 9, 2010 11:16 AM

I usually aspirate a seroma to prevent any complications from fluid accumulation. For tummy tuck patients, drains are not removed for about 2 weeks to prevent fluid build-up or they are (more)
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Plastic surgeon
Southlake, TX
United States
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  Treatment of seroma
February 8, 2010 8:39 PM

I think it is best to drain seromas. Seromas may lead to infections and other complications. It is a simple matter to needle aspirate it- takes less than a minute.

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