7 weeks post tummy tuck and I'm still draining 50-60 ccs per day. Is there anything I can do to help the drainage stop?
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Persistent Drainage Output
Drainage after tummy tuck
You are doing the two non-surgical things to help limit drainage in your situation (compression and limiting activity). The next steps would be re-inserting a drain and sclerosing the cavity as others have said, and/or surgically excising the scar tissue lining which may lead to a faster and more predictable resolution.
If your seroma doesn't stop
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Thank you for your question. Persisting drainage after tummy tucks surgery is not very common. Having an infected seroma can definitely create issues but if your surgeon removed all the fluid this should eventually resolve. In my patients I would want to know if the suture that was used is a permanent suture or an absorbable suture. Sometimes a permanent suture can become contaminated if there was an infection and can cause continued drainage until it’s removed. Also, if the body welds off that infection and the cavity stays behind it can continue to drain. I would recommend speaking with your surgeon, having a conversation about what is the plan, what is the end point if the drainage doesn’t stop, and at what point would you need to go back to surgery if at all.
After 7 weeks of non controlled seroma, it is unlikely that things get any better. Seroma cavity revision may be an alternative to control your problem.
Finally, make sure that your doctor is aware of your process. He should be able to guide you best in your care.
Wishing you the best in your journey
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