Is this an emergency? Or should I wait and schedule to see surgeon on Monday?
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Swelling post implant removal
Swelling post explantation
BreastImplantRemoval - Is this an emergency?
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery
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Post-operative bleeding is a concern with all surgical procedures and when there is a space created (by removal of an implant or a space-occupying mass such as a lipoma) it is particularly easy for that space to fill up with fluid. That's one reason that drains may be used to help evacuate the space.
It's possible that you've had some bleeding into the space that was not yet fully occluded following your implant removal and, for that reason, you should contact your PS. In the unlikely but possible event that you'll need to have the fluid evacuated under anesthesia you may want to consider not eating or drinking anything until you've talked to your PS.
I hope that this helps and good luck,
Dr. Alan Engler
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