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Unread 07-26-2004, 08:50 PM
Anyone have a seroma?

On the day I was discharged, I came home, etc., took a nap, and when I woke up, I was bleeding heavily. After I calmed down and realized I was not hemoraging, my husband said it was my incision that was bleeding (had TAH 4 days before). Called the doctor and back to the hospital we went. Before I got to the hospital, I had bled through 3 pads (was bleeding in the abdomen but didn't want to ruin my towels )
Anyway, I was told that I had a seroma - a pocket of blood behind my incision that started coming out. It is not painful but irritating. Because of the location, it is hard to keep a pad on it. When I wake, I have bled on myself because things move around while I am sleeping.

Has anyone else had one of these? How long will it continue to ooze blood? This has been the most irritating part of my recovery!
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Unread 07-26-2004, 10:44 PM
Anyone have a seroma?


I have not had a seroma, but I wanted to stop by and say I am sorry you are having to deal with one. It must be very frustrating to have this.

If you want to find others who have experienced this , you can do this by clicking on Search at the top of the page and type in seroma.

I hope this helps you find some info on this.

I am that you will heal and be on your way to a new and better you.

Unread 07-26-2004, 11:57 PM
Anyone have a seroma?


I had to go back to my doctors on my first day home. I woke up with my incision bleeding. He had to remove alot of my staples because I had a hematoma. I went back to his office four days later to get the remaining staples out. When he checked the open side a bunch of fluid came out. It had a little blood in it. He called it a seroma. I removed my packing to clean the open area that evening and bunches of fluid poured out. It actually ran down my legs and onto my bathroom floor. I was amazed how much fluid there was. This only lasted a couple days. The hematoma is what caused my incision healing problems, not the seroma.

I hope this helps.
Take care
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Unread 07-27-2004, 12:17 AM
Anyone have a seroma?

I had a seroma in my case two wounds opened up and the liquid drained trough that, it was not blood it was a brown liquid, the doctor had my nurse irrigate it with peroxide and then pack it with packing strips and then put a guaze patch on top of that. The draining started on a Tuesday night and had stopped by Sunday night but the wounds took about a month to heal.
Unread 07-27-2004, 02:36 AM
Anyone have a seroma?


I had a seroma (actually, my incision split in 3 places at 1 wk post op). What an irritation it was!! While it didn't hurt and never got infected, it took until I was 3 months post op to heal. The doctor did put me on anti-biotics for the first 10 days and check it weekly to make sure it was healing right.

My doctor recommended I clean it with hydrogen peroxide and pack it with gauze twice a day. Each day the packing got smaller and smaller. When I was just laying on the bed and napping or relaxing, I would leave it open to the air. If I was going anywhere, I would either use one of those old maxi pads or some lightweight gauze taped over it. At night I put plastic on the bed with a huge towel over it in case I leaked.

While it's a scary thing if you're not expecting it, most seromas don't seem to cause much real trouble if you take care of them and have them checked regularly. I kind of thought of it as a speed bump on the road to recovery.

Good luck!
Unread 07-29-2004, 03:29 PM
Anyone have a seroma?

during my second week i had a puffed up red spot on my incision. called dr. and nurse said that since i was not running a temperature was probably a stitch working loose. two days later which was a friday i called back because the spot was so irritated. went in on monday. a small area broke open sunday and more so on monday before i went in. doctor told me this was a seroma and pushed on incision to get more fluid out. she then applied peroxide and told me to do this 3 times a day. it is now thursday and i am still having some drainage and a small spot that will not close. did not have to have it packed since it was not very large i guess. hoping this will clear up soon. let me know how it goes with you.

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