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hardened seroma under incision? hardened seroma under incision?

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Unread 11-01-2007, 04:21 PM
hardened seroma under incision?

I have been having a fluid pocket drained for a couple weeks now. But it has not helped and now the area is swollen and very tender to the touch. It is also causing me intense pain. Today my dr said there is no need to continue to aspirate (it's not helping anyway) and he said he believes it is a seroma that has hardened or calcified. He gave me an an anitibiotic and said it will go away on its own.

Has any had a similar experience?
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Unread 11-02-2007, 11:01 AM
hardened seroma under incision?

I had a large hematoma/seroma under my incision line which wasn't diagnosed until about 7 months post-op. But you're much further out than I was!

I'm curious though...you say that it *was* draining (so they must have been able to get fluid off of it) but it stopped? That doesn't indicate that it's calcified to me.

What happened with me is that they kept draining it, but it would fill back up with fluid again -- because there was an actual sac that had formed to hold the fluid. (Our bodies are amazing machines!) So they would drain it, it would fill, they'd drain it, it would fill -- vicious cycle. Finally when they went in to remove the sac, there it was, just looking at them -- like a slightly flattened basketball with a very thick skin.

Anyway, could it be that you have a sac in there, and that's why the draining doesn't seem to help? I know when they drained my hematoma, it would fill up with fluid again within a day or two, which was really disheartening for me.

I hope you get some answers soon. In the meantime, though -- don't be afraid to ask for some good pain control if you're hurting. And you might want to ask for an ultrasound to see if they can detect how the fluid is collecting.
Unread 11-02-2007, 03:40 PM
hardened seroma under incision?

Sorry, I should have clarified. My partial hysterectomy was in 2001. My recent surgery was on Sept 19 to have ovaries removed and staging for cancer. So I am actually only 6 weeks post-op. They drained it twice and only got 7 cc each time. This led him to believe it was mostly solid and not much fluid was in there. Plus it is very firm! They keep reassuring me it will resolve on its own. But I have a feeling I'm going to need another procedure to remove it. I was just wondering if anyone else had this experience and if my hunch might be correct.

Thanks for responding!

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