Why Do I Have Fluid Building Up Over and Over 3 Weeks After Lipoma Removal? (photo)

I had a lipoma removed from my upper rectus abdominus on March 7, 2012. I have been back to my doctor twice because the area around the cut has become sore and uncomfortable. He has drained it twice with a needle. The first time he got 6cc out and the second he got 3cc out. I feel that this time it's filled back up with more fluid and has gotten harder since. Why does this keep happening and when will it stop?

Doctor Answers (1)



By removing the lipoma a space was created where the lipoma was. This some times fills with fluid, a seroma, after the third aspiration and if the fluid accumolation continues one may need to reopen the incision and reove the inflamatory capsule, put a drain or suture (Quilting sutures) of the cavity to prevent recurrence.

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