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Anyone here have a Seroma after surgery?

scmgurusscmguru Posts: 103
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've got one along the incision that was made for my L5S1 MicroD and it seemed to be shrinking, bit is now growing again.

The margins of the incision are dark pink and it hurts to lay on my back because of it..

My Dr. put me on antibiotics on Monday, but it seems to have gotten worse in the mean time.

I'd say there's a 1/3-1/2" swollen area on either side of the incision and the whole incision is a bit more than 1/2" raised from my normal skin height and seems to be filled with fluid.



  • I've got a seroma that's being a huge pain in my lower back (literally and figuratively). Besides the seroma, I'm feeling pretty darn good.

    I did not have anything like this after my initial fusion surgery. The seroma showed up after my December 2009 hardware removal. I first noticed it a week after surgery when it drained through the incision (spent New Year's AM in the ER).

    After that, it seemed to go away, but reappeared 1.5-2 weeks later. During the past month, it has changed size and shape several times. It has been both hard and soft.

    I saw 2 PAs at my surgeon's office 2 weeks ago and they told me to do the following:

    Roll up a washcloth or small handtowel. Place part of it over the seroma. Use my soft back brace to help keep the towel in place.

    This acts as a pressure bandage. The goal is to put pressure on the area so that fluid can't collect there. I guess over time, the empty space should fill in with fibrous tissue. I get to do this until my next appointment, on April 1.

    I have read that seromas can clear up within a week or two, but sometimes it can take months. Occasionally, they have to be cut out. Surgeon's tend to avoid draining them with needles because it can introduce bacteria and cause an infection.
  • I had a couple lipomas removed in a Surgeons office a few weeks ago. I had a aeronautical the size of a baseball within a week. I pulled stitches and it let loose into the sink....very nasty but no infection
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