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Unread 11-24-2006, 08:57 PM
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Well, went for my 100th ultrasound on Wednesday and found out more fluid has built up. My next step is talking to my gyny. I am actually thinking about the drainage tube. I can't keep going on like this and having the stomach drained every month..or having ultrasounds every week.

What do you guys think of the drainage tube idea? I know there is risk of infection. Part of me feels like all this build up is due to the mesh in me.

Hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving weekend!
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Unread 11-24-2006, 09:29 PM
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Hi Kathy,

I'm so sorry you are going through this again. Do they have any idea what is causing this fluid to keep coming back? I don't know much about this drainage tube, but if it keeps it draining more steadily without having to go through this monthly it may be worth checking out. They need to really find what is causing this drainage. Have you considered seeing another dr. and get their opinion on what is causing this?

I wish for you only the best. I know with the lupus and hyster you have been through so much. I can see you're a fighter and I am very proud of you for that. A lot of people don't know much about lupus, so they don't know the constant fight you have with that. You're one tough cookie.

I pray this fluid stops building up in you. May God give you healing, peace and comfort. You will get through this cause you're strong. Be brave and courageous and you will survive this!!!! Know that I am very proud of you and that you inspire me.

Good luck to you!!!! Keep me posted.
Unread 11-25-2006, 08:59 PM
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Sorry, sisters, I wanted to do a "bump" to see if I could get some input on the drainage tube
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Unread 11-25-2006, 10:16 PM
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Hi there!

I had a hematoma post-op, and they attempted to drain it a few times but it kept filling up with fluid. The hematoma/seroma was under my incision, in front of the abdominal wall. They did explore the possibility of putting in a drainage tube with me, too -- but since they suspected that it had become "organized" (meaning it had developed channels and cavities, kind of like a piece of Swiss cheese), they felt that surgery was the best way to deal with the situation.

Also, after my 2005 surgery (to clean out the old hematoma/seroma capsule), I had a "productive" drain tube in for more than five weeks. To be honest with you, there are times when I feel like I still have fluid built up in there, although I think I'm just imagining it.

I don't know about mesh leading to the problem, because I didn't have any mesh. It could be that you're like me and the fluid just finds a cozy spot to "gather". They never really gave me a good answer as to what was happening in my case -- just that a hematoma or seroma is a possible consequence of surgery, but it wasn't because of anything I had done.

Yes, the drain tube can be a source of infection, but if you get one, there are antibiotics for that. Will they have you wear a tummy binder after they put the tube in? I know they told me they would have me wear one for several weeks to try and discourage more fluid build-up if they put the drain tube in me -- kind of a way of holding things together to keep the fluid from finding a home.

I don't know if I've helped any, but at least you know you're not alone in the "fluid on the abdomen" department. I hope things get resolved for you soon.

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