Thanks for sharing your experience. I think you are very brave to have reconstruction I just carn't face it at the moment but may when I'm at the other side of this. Waiting to see oncologist next week re further treatment. It's 3 weeks since my surgery and the seroma is very slowly reducing. I am trying to risist having it drained as my BCN advised it better to leave well alone due to risk of infection and will probably fill back up. Although, lots of women seen to have it done and like you, have not had any problems. mmmm ....
Love C x
I have had 3 operations following diagnosis first being mastectomy second lymph node removal third reconstruction. I had seromas every time the first one being the worst as to be honest it was after my first opperation and I had nothing to compare it to. Mine lasted for up to 8 weeks and the first one I had drained weekly without any problems to give me more movement as it went under my armpit. Once I had reconstructive surgery I couldnt have the Sermona drained but really learned to live with it. They did settle in time, it was as if the body decided thats it no more seroma, they really did just stop over night.
Thanks for your advice. It is very good to know that you have all been through this and the swelling does actually reduce eventually. I am doing the exercises 3 times a day together with gentle massage particularly around the back area and this has helped. I think it has reduced a little so thanks again kind people.
Hope the seroma is starting to reduce. I had all nodes removed and felt that was one of the reasons i had such a fluid build up. As Anne said gentle movement was helpful, walking gently swinging my arms. My Husband also massaged following instruction from Physiotherapist from wrist down to axila area and down my back which also retained some fluid.
Hope this is helpful. Take Care Gilly x
Thank you for your reply. It really helps to know I'm not alone. I am going to try a careful compress and massage if I dare and will let you know how I get on. I didn't have drains after surgery so maybe this is why it's taking longer to drain away. Who knows.......anyway thanks for your kind advice.
Love C x
Mary I had seroma following surgery and it took four weeks to reduce but I needed to have it done manually by BC nurse. I had node clearance so I put it down to that. However I was told by BC nurse that most people get some type of swelling. So speak to your BC nurse and she will guide you through. Plenty of movement although not jerky slow and swishy if you know what I mean. That will help the fluid disperse.
I am sorry you have got a seroma. I had one under my arm from the snb and I can certainly sympathise. It was horrible! I tried to keep my arm elevated, put cold compress onto it and did some gentle massaging. After a few days it did get better but not sure whether it was related to my efforts.
I do hope yours starts to reduce soon.
I'm wondering if anyone has had a similar experience and can share with me.
I had mastectomy 2 weeks ago. Yesterday got results of lymph node biopsy which is clear. However, grade 3 tumor found so waiting to see oncologist re possibility of chemo and hormone drugs. I'm so relieved that the nodes are clear but I still feel very down. My dressing were taken off yesterday and the scare is very raw and I have swelling which whooshes around. Its driving me mad! My BCN advises not to draw the fluid off heals better and flatter if the body can absorb the seroma and also there less risk of infection.
Honestly, I feel like I'm growing another breast. Does anyone have any advice?
Love C xx