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seroma after tummy tuck and lipo

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  • Posted By: em1125
  • March 25, 2010
  • 01:57 PM

I had a tummy tuck and liposuction 5 weeks ago. My Plastic Surgeon does not use drains in his practice. I continue to fill with fluid in my abdominal area and he aspirates the fluid weekly. I have been tapped 4 times since the surgery. The first time he removed fluid was 7 days after surgery. He removed 800cc's. Second time was 750cc's, third time 400 cc's and this week he removed 500 cc's. By the next day, I began to fill up again. Within two days, my abdomin feels like a wave pool. He explained that because he doesn't use drains this is common, however, he said that starting next week he will tap me and use coritisone. I have never heard of this as a treatment for seromas. Please let me know if cortisone is a way to speed this process up and is this a way to treat seromas? and, is this a lot of fluid every week for a seroma?

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  • Has your surgeon mentioned anything about the formation of a pseudobursa from the sermoa? I would be curious to know how things turned out since your surgery.
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  • My seromas finally disapated after 7 weeks. However, I am not happy with the way I healed. I am having a redo TT on July 26th. I still have extra skin. At first, it looked like a wound contraction (where the incision goes in and makes the belly above the incision look like a pooch. I saw 3 PS's and they all said it shoud be redone. They felt that the surgeon did not remove enough skin. This surgeon that I'm using will use drains so that I don't have this problem again. Hopefully, this will be it for PS.
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