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Unread 08-10-2009, 10:43 AM
Serous drainage four weeks post op


I've been having a problem with serous drainage. After suffering intense pain in my left leg and across my abdomen, a CT scan showed that I had a pocket of fluid in my lower left pelvis that was resting on nerves. The doctor first aspirated it and sent me home, but when the pain returned after three days I was readmitted and had a drain put in. The drain seems to be working well, but I have a question; why did this pocket occur and why is there so much fluid? I have drained 340 ml. of fluid over three days! Has anyone else had this problem?

Thanks for any insight you can offer,
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Unread 08-10-2009, 06:59 PM
Re: Serous drainage four weeks post op

Grace, I don't have much insight, but just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and hope this clears up. Did you have much vaginal discharge? Maybe this is a buildup of stuff that should have drained after surgery but didn't. That's the only guess I have. Hope you're doing better soon!
Unread 08-10-2009, 07:49 PM
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Did your doctor happen to mention the word Hematoma? If so, that is a normal happening after some surgeries. Do a search on the boards for this term and read up. I have one. Mine seems to be working out on its own without a draining issue, but I've read on here that some sisters had to be hooked up to a drainage.

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Unread 08-10-2009, 08:22 PM
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I was diagnosed with a seroma today thats in the vaginal cuff. I have been having intense pain from it, even though I was doing quite well up until this point. I am not sure why they occur, other than they can after surgery. I wish I had some wisdom to give you, but I am new to this too! I hope you start getting better soon.
Unread 08-11-2009, 05:19 PM
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I had a seroma as well, early on which caused my incision to open back up.
It is fluid.. A hematoma is blood.
They are very similiar though.. Mine was just fluid.. My doctor said that it just happens with some people.
Mine drained on its own but opened my incision..
Good luck with that
Unread 08-13-2009, 09:25 AM
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Thanks to all of you who responded. Yes, my doctor explained to me that I have a seroma. I can't help but wonder how long I'll be attached to this bag. The doctors are very vague, they said it could be weeks or months. I cannot believe how much fluid has drained already! It's crazy. I'm hoping it starts to lessen soon; I'm supposed to return to school in a few weeks!
Unread 08-13-2009, 09:27 AM
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Barbara, what is a wound vac? I've never heard of it! So glad you are recovering steadily now!
Unread 08-13-2009, 07:09 PM
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graciana the wound vac is a dressing that attaches to a machine.. they place it on your incision (after mine had opened) they put this sponge inside the incision and cover it up with what looks like saran wrap..
they put the machine on and it sucks out all the drainage to help the incision heal faster and better.
Unread 08-13-2009, 07:22 PM
Re: Serous drainage four weeks post op

That sounds so much more effective than what I am going through! I have a bag that needs draining every day and was told it could be anywhere from weeks to months until I am able to remove it! I wonder why they didn't use the sponge for sounds ideal!
Unread 08-13-2009, 07:26 PM
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do you still have an open wound?
You might be able to ask your doctor to refer you to a wound care center.
they are really very knowledgable about these things.
It is kinda a pain to carry around.. but i think its much better then a bag..

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