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How many of you ended up with a seroma?

2Floridiansisters's picture
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And what did you do about it? Did you get it drained? If I go and get it drained by my surgeon will it help with the pain in my breast? Please say it will cause I'm thinking maybe I should try and get in to see him. Or heck maybe I could go to the er at the navy hospital tonight. hmmmmmmmmm

If they go away on their own how long does it take?

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Yes, I ended up with a seroma secondary to my Lumpectomy with sentinal node excision (six nodes all negative).It was drained about four or five times by either my surgeon or the NP. When it filled up, it was painful but over the course of about 5-6 weeks, it slowly decreased in size and discomfort.
It was the worse part of the surgery experience until I developed lymphedema later. I don't know if the lymphedema can be related directly to the seroma or to the draining procedures.I was thankful that I did not get an infection and require drains.
Wishing you a quicker resolution of this post operative problem.
Hugs, K

2Floridiansisters's picture
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I think now since you reminded me about it maybe I'll not get it drained. You may have gotten it from the draining needles. If it isn't one thing it's something else, doesn't this cancer stink. I'm sorry you ended up with lymphedema. I know I don't want it so maybe I'll just try and wait it out. Thank you Kay

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end up with a seroma. It was uncomfortable. Not painful. And just, well, weird looking. It was drained, I think, three times. Didn't hurt to have that done. They tried binding me with an Ace bandage, but that's pretty hard to keep up there under your arm so it didn't work. It finally went away with antibiotics because the third time she drained it, blood came out and now it was a hematoma. Cleared up. No lyphedema.

Good luck to you,

2Floridiansisters's picture
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Your story sounds a bit comforting, I don't know if my boob aches from just being so big busted and having the 2 incisions or is it from the big lump I have. And that's how I see it too, it's a big tender lump.

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At the time, the draining did relieve my discomfort but I don't know for sure if it was a factor in the development of the lymphedema or not. I am thankful that my LE is very mild and after having physical therapy and being taught to do the Manual drainage massage and wearing the sleeve, things are in excellent control.With the cooler weather, I have gone without the sleeve and glove with no ill effects. If I am carrying packages, using the computer for hours or working out, I wear the sleeve. It is really only a minor inconvenience so I am not complaining.It could be much worse.
Hope your seroma resolves soon.

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I had seroma, and it was drained, then they were going to put another drain in, and I begged him not to, and it was wrapped with an ace and it worked. but this went on for a few weeks, and it was frustrating. Try to limit your movement, anytime there is a Pocket it fills with fluid, so try to not make twisting motions so it will tack down. My PS didnt want me to reach up with that arm either I do not have lymphedema. hope this gets better.

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i got one after my first lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. it actually burst on it's own, from one little scabbed over spot in my incision. it was really creepy, getting in the shower (so glad it happened there!) i know it sounds gross, but i actually milked out all the fluid and then called my surgeon. they told me it wasn't a big deal, and that my breast would feel better now. it drained for the next few days. i actually cut up pieces of maxi pads and put it in my bra to catch the discharge. luckily, my second surgery was only 3 days later. they fixed it then.

good luck!

carrie :)

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I, too, had fluid in my lumpectomy cavity. It made sloshing sounds when I walked. Pretty freaky when I figured out that sound was coming from ME! Grossed out my husband. Big breasts + large cavity = fluid- filled space. It did not hurt at that time

Four weeks after surgery I was having the catheters inserted in my breast for interstitial multi-catheter (45 of those suckers!) brachytherapy radiation. I was all bundled up on the surgical table, the doc numbs my poor boob, then starts to insert the 18 inch needles. From behind the drape I hear him make surprised noises and see the nurse scramble for some gauze and then towels. Apparently that needle punctured through the cavity wall, as it is supposed to, and released the seroma fluid! Got all over his pants. So the two of them proceeded to press on my breast to drain it. Then, nine days later when the nurse pulled out the catheters.there was even more drainage. I'm just a water well, apparently.

Here it is more than a year later and my mammos and ultrasounds still show fluid in a slightly smaller cavity. I get achy- ness in that area about every other day. It feels better if it's massaged.

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Yes, I did have a seroma and had it drained. No problems. Good luck!

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I had a HUGE one under my arm (where the incision was from removing the lymph nodes) that would get extremely painful as it got larger - I literally couldn't put my arm down because it would get as big as a softball within days. I had it drained two to three times a week for quite a while, then twice a week, once a week, then stopped getting it drained when I had radiation because they were afraid it would change the measurements and screw up the radiation. My OT made a contraption with a long strip of velcro, a piece of foam wrapped in a stretchy sock material that I would wrap around myself and put the foam under my arm at night. It made a big difference and the seroma got a lot smaller! She worked on massaging it in OT, too. She felt like there was a lot of scar tissue in there (probably partially from all of the times I had it drained!) that might be blocking the lymph fluid and that might be contributing to the lymphedema.
I still have a small seroma a year and 8 months post surgery, but at least it doesn't seem to get bigger or hurt anymore and it isn't very noticeable at all. No one ever told me about seromas - what a learning experience!
Getting it drained definitely helps the pain/discomfort.
Good luck!

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Of course that is an exageration. I had a large seroma develope after my lumpectomy. My surgeon drained it once, then we decides to let it absorb on it's own. It took almost a year to completely absorb. But it wasn't causing me pain. If I had had pain, I would have been more aggressive about doing something.
Good luck with yours.

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