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Seroma after tummy tuck

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 2, 2006
  • 02:13 AM

I had a tummy tuck 3 months ago. I am still evenly swollen from under the breasts all the way down. How can a person feel or see the difference between swelling and a seroma? Does anybody know? When i email the medical assistant, she just says the swelling is normal but i have not gone back for my 4 month check up yet. All the doctor said at 2 months was that the swelling was part of the deal. It just seems awfully long to still not be able to button my pre op clothes yet.

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  • You should be going for follow ups more often than every 2 months. Call and make an appt, don't call the asst.
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    • January 9, 2007
    • 07:16 PM
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  • I had hernia surgery to repair areas that occurred around old incisions very high on my stomach, using a large mesh. I was wearing a size 6 the day after the surgery. Afterwards I looked pregnant..very swollen and with alot of pain. It's been two months and I've gone down to where I can almost wear a size 8 and still look pregnant...I cant see my feet when standing. When I asked the Dr. he said I was probably eating too much. I'm still in alot of pain which he said might last another year.
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  • I had my gall bladder removed in early november of 06. This was performed with 4 small incisions about an inch long. The incision at the belly button was tender and looked a little swollen (not discolored or bruised) at the time of the check up six weeks later, but the doctor didn't think anything was odd. Now, it's mar of 07 and that spot is now swollen to the size of my hand (this past couple of weeks) and feels solid to the touch. I have trouble with pain off and on and now becoming more frequent, especially when I am sitting.I no longer pick up anything.Any ideas? Will it get better on it's own? Will I need more surgery? Thanks.
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  • The surgery was fine for 9 days and then I was sitting on the side of my bed and felt a running liquid on my leg. Looked at my hand (upon wiping it) and saw a clear looking liquid. Went to the bathroom for better lighting and saw pinkish flow of liquid coming out of the staple site of my surgery. Immediately went to the Emergency Room (by that time a white bath towel was totally wet with the secretion) and while waiting to be seen, wet another bath towel. E.R. physician looked at it and said it was not abnormal and put clean large surgical pad and gave me a prescription for Levofloxacin tablets. Filled the RX and came home. It has been 5 hours and the seepage is still there. Not in such a large amount but still there. Will see how the night goes and determine whether or not to return to E.R. It appears that wherever the liquid came from has screted most of the build up of liquids. Today is Friday and I was told to see my surgeon Monday during regular hours. My staples run from 2" above my belly button to about 2.5" above the pubic hair line. I t is a very long incision for this repair.
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  • Hi I just had a tummy tuck 2 weeks ago, after years of thinking about it. To be honest I am so happy as ,I can see a better look already. I am very much swollan, but that is normal. I would like to ask if there is anyone who has had a tummy tuck and how long did it take for the swolling to do down. I also went to abroad to have it down, as the price was much much cheaper. And the service was great. Please feel free to email me at yankkey@hotmail.commany thanks
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  • I had a tummy tuck with liposuction 8 days ago. Drains were removed on day 2 and I noticed severe bulging/swelling and tenderness around my pubic bone (right underneath the holes for liposuction). My doc thinks it's normal. It doesn't look or feel normal to me. Another complaint: I can't stand up straight to walk comfortably--thus, suffer from very severe lower back pain since the surgery. I can't walk comfortably. In fact, I need to sit down most of the time with supports to my back. Wearing an abdominal support binder but it doesn't help. Anyone out there with these symptoms? Should I force myself to try to stand straight? When I do, my insides hurt (sharp pains with a burning sensation), and my tummy skin feels like it can't stretch far enough to give me a straight posture. I'm in pain. Are these normal after surgery, like my doctor says, or should I seek a second opinion? Thanks.
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  • I had a tummy tuck with liposuction 8 days ago. Drains were removed on day 2 and I noticed severe bulging/swelling and tenderness around my pubic bone (right underneath the holes for liposuction). My doc thinks it's normal. It doesn't look or feel normal to me. Another complaint: I can't stand up straight to walk comfortably--thus, suffer from very severe lower back pain since the surgery. I can't walk comfortably. In fact, I need to sit down most of the time with supports to my back. Wearing an abdominal support binder but it doesn't help. Anyone out there with these symptoms? Should I force myself to try to stand straight? When I do, my insides hurt (sharp pains with a burning sensation), and my tummy skin feels like it can't stretch far enough to give me a straight posture. I'm in pain. Are these normal after surgery, like my doctor says, or should I seek a second opinion? Thanks.
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  • I had a tummy tuck 3 months ago. I am still evenly swollen from under the breasts all the way down. How can a person feel or see the difference between swelling and a seroma? Does anybody know? When i email the medical assistant, she just says the swelling is normal but i have not gone back for my 4 month check up yet. All the doctor said at 2 months was that the swelling was part of the deal. It just seems awfully long to still not be able to button my pre op clothes yet. I hope that your swelling has gone down by now, or at least decreased:) . I had a tummy tuck 2 months ago and also am suffering swelling from the bottom of ribs down to the pubic incision and a little lower and side-to-side swelling. It is miserable as you know, and worrisome. Ice packs on my tummy do not help at all. My belly is distended :eek: and so I, like you, cannot button the top button of my jeans. I'm sorry I have no answers for you. I also have lumps, three of them, about the size of chicken eggs, above my incision. I'm told it is pockets of :confused: fluid build-up and that my body will eventually absorb the fluid. Eventually? Well, I'll pray for both of us to get well and heal up real soon! Elaine :) @villafiori@yahoo.com.
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  • I had a tummy tuck 3 months ago. I am still evenly swollen from under the breasts all the way down. How can a person feel or see the difference between swelling and a seroma? Does anybody know? When i email the medical assistant, she just says the swelling is normal but i have not gone back for my 4 month check up yet. All the doctor said at 2 months was that the swelling was part of the deal. It just seems awfully long to still not be able to button my pre op clothes yet. Hi Has your swelling gone down at all yet?
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  • Hi I had a tummy tuck 5 weeks ago and I could not stand straight for two weeks but now I can it take a while for your skin to stretch so thats why you shouldn't stand straight.. i do still have Seroma in my lower abdomen is that normal
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 10, 2007
    • 08:18 PM
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  • I had a tummy tuck with lypo in my thighs on 22Oct. It was not until the end of week4 that i could stand up straight without my abs killing me. My Dr. said I should not force myself to stand straight until week 4 and then it didn't feel right to me so i didn't force it. I know my body and I thought it would just take more time. Now at the beginning of week 5, I am feeling much better. I can walk up and down stairs on my own and am plannign to go back to the gym this week. My problem is the swelling. My belly is bigger then it was prior to the surgery. I only had lose skin to get rid of. My dr. suggest a lymphatic drainage massage. I had one, but she recommended six. I did notice that I felt more energetic and capable after that massage.I am told the swelling takes two to four months to subside. I have to wear compression garment 24-7 and I have the compression hose on my legs.I noticed that sutures were left behind in my belly button and have healed around the sutures. I can't get them out. Does anyone know the ramifications of this? I can see them and tried to pull them with tweezers but the will not budge, and seem to be squeezing some part of me when I pull. I can't feel a lot because I am still numb, but this truly concerns me.simone
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    • November 26, 2007
    • 01:09 AM
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  • I had a tummy tuck/lipo 9 weeks ago. I had a site that did not get blood supply and surgeon had to open area (you could sit a shot glass into the site). It is now healing and is approximately 1 1/2 inches wide X 3/4 inch deep, healing well, packing twice daily. The biggest problem now is hard strip (about 3 inches) above navel. I am having a lot of low back pain, probably because I cannot stand up straight without pain. It is extremely painful when standing from sitting position. I have swelling and puffiness in are. Very, Very tight and hard. Is is a seroma? Will it go away in time?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 1, 2008
    • 11:41 PM
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  • I had a tummy tuck with liposuction 8 days ago. Drains were removed on day 2 and I noticed severe bulging/swelling and tenderness around my pubic bone (right underneath the holes for liposuction). My doc thinks it's normal. It doesn't look or feel normal to me. Another complaint: I can't stand up straight to walk comfortably--thus, suffer from very severe lower back pain since the surgery. I can't walk comfortably. In fact, I need to sit down most of the time with supports to my back. Wearing an abdominal support binder but it doesn't help. Anyone out there with these symptoms? Should I force myself to try to stand straight? When I do, my insides hurt (sharp pains with a burning sensation), and my tummy skin feels like it can't stretch far enough to give me a straight posture. I'm in pain. Are these normal after surgery, like my doctor says, or should I seek a second opinion? Thanks.i d continue walks as it will help in ur recoveryaes might rupture .You will gradually become normal and upright as the internal stichig will fall back into normal DO NNOT force yourself to stanerythince evad almost the same symptoms mentioned by you my advm 5 wks after surgery and h
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  • to everyone out there with a issue about bloating and pain after a tummy tuck, this is the first time i am ever hearing about seroma, i had a tummy tuck 4 years ago, and my incision opened up like a zipper, and it took 7 months to heal, to this day i still live in pain and i look 9 months pregnant from under my breasts all the way down, i have been everywhere for help but they can not figure out what is wrong with me, i am so glad i found this website i am now going to go to the doctor and ask him why they never checked for seroma before, because the symptoms are the same as mine, if there is anyone out there with anymore info please let me know, i just can't live like this anymore...
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  • i had my tummy tyck, lipo and fat transfer 2 wks. Fortunately, i'm able to walk almost upright already. The only swellilng is on the sides and above & below the incision. When i went in for removal of the sutures & drains, a scrape pice came off, causing some drainage. It dried up & didn't draine for a few dys. During the same wk., I did however develop a seroma. My doc. used a syringe to extract. got 30cc. out & then used another one again, nothing came out. From what i've gathered it sounds like a very common issue. My ques. is: How often is the seroma suppose to be drained? Like every other day? Two-Three? Anybody know. What's a SAFE TIME TO HAVE THIS LIQUID INSIDE?
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  • I had a tummy tuck done 3 weeks ago and was not allowed to remove my drainage bag until it read 50 Cc's. Although it took me 9 days in order to reach that amount and it was an uncomfortable feeling, it was worth it. I never developed any excess liquid after the drainage was removed. It's sad, but you will have to continue withdrawing that excess liquid at you doctor's office until it stops. My doctor warned me about seroma development after the operation that is why I hung in their with my dainage until the pouch reached 50Cc. I hope you recover soon.
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  • to everyone out there with a issue about bloating and pain after a tummy tuck, this is the first time i am ever hearing about seroma, i had a tummy tuck 4 years ago, and my incision opened up like a zipper, and it took 7 months to heal, to this day i still live in pain and i look 9 months pregnant from under my breasts all the way down, i have been everywhere for help but they can not figure out what is wrong with me, i am so glad i found this website i am now going to go to the doctor and ask him why they never checked for seroma before, because the symptoms are the same as mine, if there is anyone out there with anymore info please let me know, i just can't live like this anymore... I had the same experience as you did. In 2001, I had a tummy tuck done and my internal stitches were released 6 months after the surgery. It was painful and my stomach portion beneath by breast begun to grow to an extent that I seemed 4 months pregneant. It grew more during the evenings causing my abdomen to feel as hard as a rock. It was painful. I went to other plastic surgeons and they said that the stitches came out and that I would require another tummy tuck. I was angry because a tummy tuck is a costful and painful process. Eight years later (3 weeks ago), I had another tummy tuck. I had to save money again and regain my willpower to go through the process all over again. The outcome so far is excellent. This time my abs were strongly tighten and the results are far beyond what I expected. I am 49 years old with a 20 year old stomach. I have to admit that my doctor also did lipo on my flanks and thighs and I also took the opportunity to reduce and lift my breast. Yes, I got the whole package done. But it was worth it. I am still recovery and communicating constantly with my doctor and following her guidance. Contact me at norma_rn1@hotmail.com if you would like to share any other concerns about your situation.
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  • I had a tummy tuck, lipo of the legs, and implants a little over 4 years ago. I never have had a problem with incicions, but I have had problems with swelling and fluid accumulation from day 1. After my drains were removed, I had to regularly see my doc so that he could remove fluid from my stomach. He would fill several turkey baster sized syringes full of fluid, once a week for about 4 weeks. He never said I had a seroma, but prob wouldn't have told me if so. Within a couple of months I started noticing swelling in my arms (that were untouched), my fingers, my face, my back, my stomach, and my legs (you can even see the canula tunnels under the skin). Even now after this many years, I have monthly bouts of horrific swelling everywhere that cause me to go up three pant sizes. My legs are dimpled, rippled, bumpy (3 golf ball sized bumps on one leg), and just gross. I wonder if my lymphatic system is permanently impaired from the surgery. Has anyone else experienced any/similar swelling/lymphatic problems this long after surgery?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 4, 2009
    • 02:43 AM
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  • I had a tummy tuck with liposuction 8 days ago. Drains were removed on day 2 and I noticed severe bulging/swelling and tenderness around my pubic bone (right underneath the holes for liposuction). My doc thinks it's normal. It doesn't look or feel normal to me. Another complaint: I can't stand up straight to walk comfortably--thus, suffer from very severe lower back pain since the surgery. I can't walk comfortably. In fact, I need to sit down most of the time with supports to my back. Wearing an abdominal support binder but it doesn't help. Anyone out there with these symptoms? Should I force myself to try to stand straight? When I do, my insides hurt (sharp pains with a burning sensation), and my tummy skin feels like it can't stretch far enough to give me a straight posture. I'm in pain. Are these normal after surgery, like my doctor says, or should I seek a second opinion? Thanks.I am 14 days post op from a tummy tuck with flank lipo and also breast implants also I am 52 years old. My doctor will never remove drains until day 10, and that was yesterday. I was prescribed an antibiotic, a hydrocodone and a muscle relaxer. The muscle relaxer was my best friend, as when MY back started killing me it loosened everything up. Put pillows under your knees and sit preferably in a recliner. I also used a heat pad which I warmed in the microwave. My doctor said after a week I can begin to stand taller. Also mobility is the key in between your resting. Take pain meds as needed also. This is a big surgery and the healing process can not be rushed. Rest often with periods of walking, even if its down the hallway and back. Lots of fluids and healthy food. BUT most important is a happy attitude and acceptence of your surgery.
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    • October 21, 2009
    • 01:24 AM
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  • Hi, i had a tummy tuck 2 weeks ago and im very swollen..how long do it last? how long did it last for you??Hi I just had a tummy tuck 2 weeks ago, after years of thinking about it. To be honest I am so happy as ,I can see a better look already. I am very much swollan, but that is normal. I would like to ask if there is anyone who has had a tummy tuck and how long did it take for the swolling to do down. I also went to abroad to have it down, as the price was much much cheaper. And the service was great. Please feel free to email me at yankkey@hotmail.commany thanks
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    • October 27, 2009
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