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Postoperative seroma is a medical condition in which there is a collection of fluid beneath the surface of the skin. Seromas develop after any surgical procedure at the surgical incision site or at the site from where tissue is removed. The serum or fluid does not build up right away but starts collecting a couple of weeks after the surgical procedure. The common risk factors that contribute to the development of postoperative seromas are extensive surgery and patient having a history of developing a seroma after the surgical procedure.
Postoperative Seroma Symptoms
Generally, postoperative seromas do not show complications but here are certain symptoms of the medical condition that require immediate medical attention.
- Bloody or white drainage from the postoperative seroma
- High fever that is more than 100.4°F
- The appearance of redness around the region of seroma
- Rapidly developing swelling
- The warm skin around the postoperative seroma
- Increased heart rate
- Great pain
Postoperative Seroma Causes
Postoperative seroma forms after surgical procedures. Though most of the seromas form after extensive surgical procedures, some even form after minor surgery. Generally, the surgical team places the drainage tubes around and in the incision to prevent the development of a seroma. The common surgical procedures that lead to the development of seromas are as follows:
Body contouring like liposuction on the breast, buttocks, arm or thigh
- Mastectomy or breast augmentation
- Hernia repair
- Tummy tuck or abdominoplasty
Abdominoplasty and Postoperative Seroma
The common complication that develops after abdominoplasty is postoperative serum formation. This is due to the use of the local ‘aesthetic pain’ pump that is used continuously. The only way to prevent the development of postoperative seroma development was the open ‘surgical excision’ of serum cavity.
Diagnosis of Postoperative Seroma
You can get in touch with experienced postoperative seroma specialist who would confirm the diagnosis of postoperative seroma and treat the medical condition effectively. Seromas generally have the appearance of swollen lumps like that of large cysts. They may be sore or tender when pressed. Clear discharge takes place from a surgical incision in case a seroma exists. If the discharge has a foul odor or has blood stains, it suggests that infection is present. In certain cases calcification of a seroma takes place.
Understanding Postoperative Seroma
Postoperative seroma is basically the collection of fluid below the surface of the skin after a surgical procedure. Any surgical procedure that disrupts huge tissue leads to postoperative seroma formation.
Postoperative Seroma Treatment
Minor seromas disappear naturally and require no medical treatment. The doctor would suggest medications to offer relief to patients suffering from discomfort and pain. Larger seromas require draining which the general surgeon has to carry out multiple times. Thus to completely get rid of the seromas the general surgeon would perform a surgical procedure. You can get in touch with adept general surgeons at mfine.
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