I had a breast augmentation,full tummy tuck and lipo. I had one drain taken out a week ago and the other one 2 days ago. Starting to see fluid in my lower bellie right above scar. Prob is I live in Ma and went to CA to have surgery done. Now I am in Ma how long should I wait before I should be concerned? I was told to massage my bellie and push outward towards my hips. HELP!!!!!! I"m so worried that because I am not in Ca anymore and I dont think a doc will see me. I might have to go to the ER.
4 Weeks Post Op Tummy Tuck Drains Removed. Starting to Notice Fluid in Lower Belly?
Doctor Answers (8)
Complication after out-of-town surgery
This is a recurring problem with patients who leave town for surgery. It sounds like you have a fluid collection, and it will not go away by itself. Try calling plastic surgeons in your area, and if that fails, see if your primary physician can make a recommendation.
Either of those will be less expensive than a trip to the ER.( Going back to California may be cheaper than a trip to the ER). In my community I've seen bills upward of $2000 for ER treatment of plastic surgery complications.
Out of town surgery care for a complication
It is possible that you have a seroma. This will need to be drained. If your surgery was out of town it would be best to find a local plastic surgeon willing to take on your care. When I get these calls I require a copy of the patient's operative report so I can understand what was done and how to best care for the problem.
Tummy tuck, mommy makeover, seroma formation
It sounds like you have a seroma formation and you will need to have it drained or have another drain put in called a serocath. This is annoying but it works.
The longer you keep the fluid in your abdomen, the longer your body looks at it and starts getting slick covering on the pocket (capsule). If this forms long enough, then you will need further surgery to freshen up the surfaces of the tissues to get them to stick and obliterate the pocket containing fluid.
I am sure that you can find a plastic surgeon to follow you in Ma. We see patients that have had surgery elsewhere and take care of them with the understanding that their care is too difficult at a distance. I would like to think that any patients of mine at a distance would be taken care of by closer plastic surgeons.
Here is a deal. I am in Albany, New York. If you are in Ma, then you cannot be too far. Try more local plastic surgeons but come and see me if you are having difficulty. I might very well know your doctor too.
Steven M. Lynch, M. D. 1-518-438-0505
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