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Is It Normal to Have Clear Bloody Fluid Leaking out of the Incision Site 15 Days Post-op?

I am a 27 year old female that had a tummy tuck and breast implants, my belly button got infected and came out positive for sidimonus, now I'm 15 days post-op and my right breast incision started draining a clearish bloody fluid that drips and saturated the gauze in a 12 hour period, is this normal?

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Indication of a Potential Breast Infection


Regarding: "27 year old female that had a tummy tuck and breast implants, my belly button got infected and came out positive for sidimonus, now I'm 15 days post-op and my right breast incision started draining a clearish bloody fluid that drips and saturated the gauze in a 12 hour period, is this normal?"

Pseudomonas infections are not common and may be hard to eradicate. Moreover, ANY infection in the body can theoretically spread to and involve any implants (heart valves, knee or hip joints and breast implants). In many cases, subclinical infections have been implicated as the cause of scarring around implants. Sudden draining from augmented breasts 2 weeks after surgery is not normally seen and you should be seen promptly by your surgeon.

Peter A Aldea, MD

Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage from breast implant incision


At 15 days postop, what you are describing from a breast augmentation incision is distinctly NOT normal.  You should call your doctor's office right now and ask to be seen asap.

Richard P. Rand, MD, FACS
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage after mommy makeover

Drainage at 15 days post op is definitely NOT normal. Combined with the belly button infection, this is concerning. You need to call your surgeon and be seen. Good luck.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Clear/bloody fluid is referred to medically as serosanguinous fluid.  This type of fluid leaking out of a breast augmentation site in the face of a nearby pseudomonas infection is very suspicious and absolutely not a normal post-operative situation. 

I am sure your plastic surgeon will want to culture this fluid and see to it that you are on the appropriate drug or drugs.  You may have a secondary infection.  All plastic surgeons have dealt with this form of problem.  Please understand it is treatable and curable if handled immediately and aggressively.  

Call your plastic surgeon ASAP.

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  It is not the usual course of events to develop drainage from a breast augmentation with or without a breast lift.

  The fact that you have had a pseudomonas infection is not a good part of your story.   Bugs love foreign bodies and implants.    It is possible that your drainage is due to a brewing infection around the implant.  This also can show up with a redness of the breast or fever.  The usual course of events with an infected implant is swelling and drainage of yellow fluid.   The fluid buildup secondary to bacteria present causes the fluid pressure to be relieved by going to the area of least resistance and this would be the incision. 

  Check with your doctor.  It seems at the very least you need to be covered with antibiotics and monitored by your doctors so that any progression of a possible infection can be approached medically/surgically.  Be careful in your case.

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I think you know the answer to your question - no it is not normal. We must assume that you are currently on antibiotics though you do not say so in your post. It is imperative that you take the right antibiotic to stop the infection from spreading. You need to have a frank discussion with your surgeon who is currently in the best position to treat you. If the infection does not visibly respond to antibiotics within a couple of days ask for an infectious disease consult to make sure the right antibiotic is being prescribed. If you let this process go one unimpeded you will most likely have to remove the breast implants.

My response to your question/post does not represent formal medical advice or constitute a doctor patient relationship. You need to consult with i.e. personally see a board certified plastic surgeon in order to receive a formal evaluation and develop a doctor patient relationship.

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