Can You Apply Heat to a Seroma?

My Dad has developed a very large seroma on the right side of his abdomen post back surgery. This area is very swollen and uncomfortable. Will applying heat help the discomfort and speed up natural healing of the area?

Doctor Answers (2)

Treatment of seromas

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The usual treatment for a seroma is activity restriction and application of a compressive garment. Heat application is not likely to have any affect. Larger or recurrent seromas require drainage either by needle and syringe or placement of a drainage tube.

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Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

Seroma

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A seroma is usually a collection of fluid. If it is a small amount, it often will rsorb. Sometimes, it needs to be aspirated.  I do not think that warm compressed will make it better.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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