Flying with a seroma

I had a single mastectomy in Nov 23. I had a large seroma post surgery. Its much smaller now but I am wondering if its safe to fly? I would like a short haul holiday but am worried about the pressure & risk of blood clots. Any advice would be helpful, thank you in advance.

Hi suzie;
My seroma was huge but went down quite quickly no aspiration needed but I still had a little pocket. I was due to take a 4 hour flight 4 months after mastectomy and it was fine. I’m on tamoxifen so wore flight socks and drank lots of water and got up every hour. I had no problems at all. Hope that helps x

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Hi Joyousjen. Thanks very much for this advice. I too had a huge seroma post surgery Nov 23 & still got issues. Hope you had a smashing trip! X

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The seroma was like a phantom boob most disconcerting! Surgeon said I needed to be patient but he was happy with it and said the “corrugating” will subside and was due to the seroma. The holiday great all went well and I slathered in factor 30 and no problems. Skin seemed okay on tamoxifen too x

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Glad you had a lovely break! I hope to go away in June, but just started anti biotics as developed a pesky infection. Poor chest is taking a right battering atm…hopefully tablets will do the trick! I know what u mean by the ghost boob. I was almost the same size again it was so big! Not as bad now thank goodness x


Suzie those antibiotics will kick that chest infection into touch! And you will be doing cart wheels soon ( disclaimer : please don’t!) :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:xx
I was so nervous about the flight/holiday as my last holiday was pre mastectomy - things were different but totally manageable and the new normal was okay xxxx

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Hi suzie19

Thanks for posting asking about flying after breast cancer treatment.

It’s understandable to worry about the risk of blood clots and ask about your ongoing seroma. As your surgery was in November there is no reason to suggest travelling on a long or short haul flight will cause any complications to your seroma. As joyousjen suggests you can also consider using flight socks, keeping hydrated and moving around during the flight to reduce the risk of blood clots. If you have a breast care nurse, you could give them a call to discuss your concerns.

You may also find this information on travelling after breast cancer helpful to read.

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