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Unread 12-03-2004, 05:21 AM
incisional drainage...seromas

Dear Sisters...At day 7 post op, I experienced a difficult time being on my feet at all and walking deteriorated to a slow shuffle. At day 9 my incision drained thru 3 pairs of clothes until I got smart and put some guaze where I was draining. Day 10 & 11 drainage slowed down. Day 12 no drainage, day 13 started draining again. Did not have a temperature. Called Dr and went in to find out I had developed 2 seromas where the lidocaine catheters were placed. The only reason I didn't seek medical help sooner was that my DH is a nurse and said that as long as the fluid was draining and I didn't have a temperature, I would be ok. The Dr told me that my incision shouldn't be draining, opened it up, and cleaned it out. He said women with a bit more fat pad in their abdomen commonly have this complication. The drainage seems to have slowed down now, but the pain is still there. I am walking a bit better now. Today is Day 15. Anyone else with this problem, and how will it affect my recovery. Will I feel better soon. I am busy person and find it almost painful to watch others do my work for me. I so want to feel better. Still taking Percocet for pain along with Advil. Awaiting cultures to see if this is truly an infection.
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Unread 12-20-2004, 05:53 PM
incisional drainage...seromas

I hope you are doing better. Did you get the culture results?

Unread 12-20-2004, 06:26 PM
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Wow, I didn't think any one cared? Thankyou. Yes the cultures came back, and I saw the Dr initially, 2 days later, and 1 week after that. At the 2 day mark cultures were still not in but the 1 week mark to intial treatment they were negative. The Dr said my incision had closed in at both sides. I was instructed to clean it with peroxide and a guaze. Stopped that and now I am back to cleaning my incision as I noticed some crustys. Both those spots are still sore. Dr says I am not that over weight and was surprised I developed them. Told him the lidocaine sites always hurt. I am thinking they caused the pockets to develop. I go back Jan 7. I am using a heating pad that helps. Wondering when this pain will end. I am only taking Advil now and am trying not to overdo this holiday season. My 6 year old keeps me busy. Bending and being on my feet are still bothersome. In the back of my mind, I am always left wondering if the seromas are still an issue. No drainage though, just crusties, and pain that isn't any worse than normal. This stuff always keeps you guessing, but I am so tired of Dr copays & Er charges, had 2 visits. If it isn't draining and I am not running a temperature, I will persevere and hope it resolves. Thankyou for your concern. Happy Holidays!
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Unread 12-20-2004, 07:48 PM
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My OB basically told me (not in these words but meant the same) He wouldnt do an abdominal op on me because I was to fat and there would be too much drainage and stuff because of the fat.

It was a little harder but he did an TVH kept ovaries.
He had a hard time getting it out because my uterus was so big.
Unread 12-20-2004, 07:54 PM
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I am experiencing the same thing. I seem to have drainage about every third day. The first time scared the heck out of me. At first I thought I wet my pants. It soaked through my undies, sweat pants, sweatshirt and bed linens. Fortunately I had a DR appointment that day. She said it was more normal for people with a vertical incision to have that (I had a bikini incision), but to not worry. Just keep the incision clean and take it easy.

I am 4 weeks out and still have occaisional drainage, but fortunately it's getting less and less. I still freak out whenever it happens. I think I won't really feel like I'm on the road to recovery until it stops permanately.
Unread 12-21-2004, 03:08 AM
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Hi Sandwoman,

I am realy sorry I didn't see your post before, but sometimes posts slip past so fast that I can't keep up unless I'm on here 24/7

I had a seroma develope at 2 weeks post-op from the site where I had my drain in place, I had to visit the home nurse everyother day and my DH was changing my dressing 2 or 3 times a day. The dressing that stoped it was called Aquacel. (I have a bikini cut and I am overwieght )

My DH also came up with the brilliant idea of using my old panty linners over the dressing for extra absorbancy and as they stuck to my pantys they didn't move around .

It took about 9 days for it to stop and my wound is now totaly closed, but I too still have pain where the drain was (I even complained about it when I was in the Hosp) I have been told by my Dr that this will lessen with time and go away compleatly within 2 or 3 months. I must agree with her that it has gone somewhat, but I do still get discomfort there.

I do hope your seroma dosn't come back and that you continue to heal well. s
Unread 12-21-2004, 05:37 AM
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Thanks sisters...I was starting to think I was the only one with the seroma problem. Yes my Dr also told me I probably wouldn't feel great for at least 3 months. Sometimes wonder if I am destined for all the bad luck! But I see you all have had a share of it too! I guess when complications arise, they delay our healing. I will try to be patient and avoid the bending and extended time on my feet, along with much walking as that all seems to aggrevate the problem. I sure would have loved to hear the idea about the pad stuck to underwear as I just stuck guaze in my undies. Great idea. I am just gonna keep an eye on my incision, went in ol c section and hope I don't spike a temp. He did say that the ol scar tissue doesn't heal as well. Thankyou all for your replies, I was hesitating writing posts as I was starting to wonder if it was the content or the way I posed the questions, that I never got any responses. Guess I just figured no one else was having the same issues. Glad to hear it is not just me.

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