I cannot recommend any patient to drain their own seroma!
There is a real possibility of infection or even perforation of your internal organs if you do this yourself.
Please see you plastic surgeon even if he is a long drive away.
If not drained, the seroma could eventually start to drain itself through the wound...... this could open up your wound and cause an infection.
Draining a seroma is a simple procedure when done in the appropriate setting with a surgeon or an experienced medical professional, and should be done as soon as possible in order to avoid serious complications like wound dehiscence and infection.
Best of luck,
Dr. Miguel Mota
Hello and thank you for reaching out. Do not try to drain your own seroma. There are many many things that could go wrong with self treatment. Please follow up with your surgeon to see if they can refer you to see someone that's closer located to where you are. I am going to repeat for you to not drain the seroma yourself. Best Wishes.
No you should not drain a seroma yourself you will increase many associated risks. Please see your surgeon.
You may have your surgeon place a drain or catheter to keep the seroma draining while you are at home. Doing it yourself may lead to complications including infection or bleeding that will complicate the situation.
Even if you have a medical background, doing this for yourself is a bad idea. I suggest you make the drive or find a plastic surgeon in your area that would be willing to see you. If you see a new plastic surgeon, you can expect to pay a fee. However, the fee is a small price to pay for your health and safety.
Thank you for your question. I can understand the inconvenience of the drive to see your surgeon, but for your own safety, and possibility of introducing an infection, it would be best to have your doctor treat your seroma.
NO! Self treating a very very BAD idea! Seek more local boarded PS to pre pay for drainage aspiration of TT post fled collections. Fees from $250.
I would advise against this because this has to be done sterile environment and sticking your abdomen with needles is a no no.See if you can find a plastic surgeon in town who would be willing to help out.
Hello and thank you for your question. I do not recommend this at all. You could perforate your bowels or even worse. You should definitely return to your surgeon. I am certain he/she would agree.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
I would NOT recommend you trying to drain the seroma yourself. Although a relatively simple office procedure, in untrained hands there are significant risks of potentially dangerous consequences. Although I appreciate the fact that your doctor is a long drive away, it is extremely important that you be evaluated by him/her to (1) make the appropriate diagnosis, (2) intervene if appropriate, and (3) make recommendations for your recovery moving forward. At the very least, start with a conversation with your surgeon over the phone, skype, etc. to come up with the most appropriate plan moving forward.