I too have a Seroma (build up of fluids) under my arm post surgery. I had surgery on 11th June but didnt contact Breast Care Nurse until last Friday. She said to wait over weekend and if it hadnt gone down she would drain it for me. It didnt go down and became more painful so yesterday I went through to hospital and the Breast Care Nurse drained it for me, such a relief and the procedure didnt hurt! She did say that it may need doing several more times before it stops. Already this afternoon it is filling up again so I will get it drained again tomorrow or Thurs. The Nurses are wonderful and will be happy to give you advice if you call them.
Hope you dont suffer for too long, but its nothing to worry about and a quite common side effect of nodes excision under arm.
I agree with the rest of the replies contavt your BCN. I was aspirated 7 times and now thank goodness it is going well including the tennis ball under the arm. Some of mine was alos felt to be lymphoedema which can be treated so well worth checking. Hope it goes well.
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Very best wishes
Hi - I had a lumpectomy on 8 June and unexpectedly all the nodes out as the cancer had spread, but shown up with pre-surgery tests. I had a drain for a week, never got down to the 70 ml in 24 hours recommended before taking out the drain but they didn't want to leave it in any longer. Now have a lot of fluid under my arm - feels like a fist in there, making it hard to bring my arm down to my body. Anyone else experienced the same thing? How long before my body finds a different way of processing the lymph?