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Wound Vac Healing after Tummy Tuck
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I had a Full Tummy Tuck, Thigh Lift and Lipo done on 05/10. Everything has been going smoothly , however, I noticed a SMALL spot above my pubic area that would not close. (there was constant clear/yellow tinged fluid coming from it, but it did not start draining until after my 3 week mark. Dr. stated that it was a seroma that ended up just being too close to the incision, so it was coming from it. My scar and incision looks flawless, other than this super small spot.

I will say that it's probably 1/8 cm width by maybe 1 - 2 cm depth (based on the qtip that was inserted in me).

I now have a wound vac put on the spot for it to heal quicker. I go back in Friday for a dressing change, etc.

I am just curious.... For a wound of this size... about how long would i expect before this heals? how long would approximately would i have to continue with a wound vac or dressing change?


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drgrossman


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June 6, 2012 1:24 PM

If you were my patient, I would tell you to get out there and do whatever your body allows. Increase protein intake and vitamins, exercise and you will heal in no time.
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June 6, 2012 12:49 PM

A great deal with healing depends on your health, age, diabetes, smoking history and so on. If the opening is above the center of the incision, it may take a couple of months to heal.
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June 6, 2012 3:54 AM

Though you write an excellent description of the issue, over the internet very hard to advise in length of time for this situation to correct. My GUESS a few weeks to a month but I have (more)
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jp3girl
 
June 6, 2012 1:18 PM

About me... Good Health, No diabetes, 35 years old, 5'5" - 152 lbs.

The opening was actually ON the incision not above it. The Dr. had to extend the opening on the incision line, just b/c the hole was too small to pack with anything without doing it.

The wound vac seems to be helping a lot. I got it Monday around 2:00 pm - and I have been a little over 100 ml since Tuesday, with VERY little fluid in the "hose". I am hoping that means that healing is taking place on the inside...

Just new to all of this, and hoping I can get this thing off soon.... I want to get out and exercise, and get back to my normal active lifestyle :)

I attached a pic... it's that small little opening right below the belly button on the incision line... This pic was taken at 1 week post op...

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