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Seroma Risk after Hysterectomy

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Fitness and Wellness after hysterectomyI’ve heard that you can have a seroma after a hysterectomy. What is a seroma and how is it treated?


A seroma is an accumulation of fluid that can occur after any kind of surgery, including a hysterectomy. It is normally a clear fluid that is leaking from damaged blood and lymphatic vessels through an incision. Small seromas may not require any treatment; they often resolve on their own. Larger seromas may require that the fluid be removed, usually with a needle. If the fluid doesn’t stop accumulating, the fluid may need to be drained multiple times, or a drain may be placed at the site.

Seromas can be associated with an increased risk of infection, leading to an opening of incisions at the surgical site. They can interfere with healing. If they become infected, they are typically treated with antibiotics. In rare cases, surgery may be required to treat a seroma.

Symptoms of a seroma can include:
  • Leakage of clear fluid from a surgical incision
  • Redness, warmth, or swelling at or near a surgical site
  • Tenderness near a surgical incision
  • Fever and chills
Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:
  • A fever in excess of 101 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Pus draining from a surgical site
  • Severe pain at a surgical site
  • Significant separation of a surgical wound
  • Uncontrollable or persistent bleeding from a surgical site


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-10-2011 - 07:05 AM


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