Could the Lump After Smart Lipo Be Expanding to Rib Area?

I had Smart Lipo (upper & lower abs) 5.5 weeks ago. 2 wks after surgery, I started noticing a lump to the left of my belly button. Since the swelling is going down, I notice the lump more and more. It feels like a golf ball in there. I have gone for 2 lymph drainage massages and massage at home and doesn't help. Today I noticed my left rib is sticking out more than the right and is tender underneath. I have called the place I got the surgery and they will not return my calls.

Doctor Answers 3

Swelling could be seroma

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Swelling, and some lumpiness/ uneveness is normal but the fluctuation should lessen over 6-9 months. You should be noticing less swelling over time not more. Follow up with your plastic surgeon to make sure you are on course.

Lump after liposuction

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Lumps noted after liposuction, could be residual fat that wasn't suctioned out as well as the rest of the areas, it could be a fluid collection such as blood (hematoma), a collection of lymphatic fluid or serum, or even a cyst.  It might be a hernia as well.  You should be seen by your surgeon.  Make sure that the surgeon is getting your message. If you don't get a response then you must see a new surgeon to be evaluated in-person. The doctor should also examine the rib to determine why it might be more prominent.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Get a CAT scan, MRI or ultrasound to identify mass

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It could be fluid or tissue from the Smartlipo but it seems that a CAT scan or MRI, or ultrasound is indicated to identify this abdominal mass.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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