I'm relieved to hear that someone else has had lots of fluid drained. I've had approx 200 to 300 ml drained on 5 occasions over 2 weeks. It didn't start accumulating until one week post op (WLE and LNC). Thanks for sharing experiences, it does provide reassurance for others. I hope my seroma shrinks soon, don't fancy it being around for months, and I have radiotherapy coming up in January.
@BabyBunting - Golly, twice a week at 500mls!!! I'm so sorry to hear you are having such a problem. I had seromas develop after both my masts and node clearance ops, but subsided after a couple of drainings, nothing like what you're having to deal with. What a frickin bleepin nuisance for you, sweetheart, and especially with it delaying your rads 😣
Something to hopefully cheer you up a bit >
Wishing you strength and "patience" to keep battling, girl. I sooo hope they settle down for you SOON.
Lotsa love to you, DoolallyDelly X❤️X
I had surgery on 12 Nov 21, and my drain taken out 10 days later. Since then I’ve had a large seroma drained twice a week, approx 500ml each time. It’s now delaying my radiotherapy. Fed up xx
I’m two weeks post surgery and my seroma is my only issue, I honestly could cry and like mentioned before it feels as if I’ve a tennis ball under my arm. I feel it’s preventing me getting back to normal.
I’m feeling really dismissed by my team - any advice on what to do and we’re any of you worried about as increased risk of lymphodema?
My seroma continued to need to be aspirated every 4 weeks right up until the time I had my second surgery 7 months later (ended needing a mastectomy after chemo as the lumpectomy didn’t get all of the tumour). My surgeon aspirated it whilst he was doing the surgery. It hasn’t come back since.
They were getting approx 90-100mls out each time. My surgeon, breast nurse, and medical oncologist were fine with me getting it done. But my lymphoma therapist and radiation oncologist kept on advising me to let it settle naturally.... however it was like having a tennis ball under my arm and it was painful so I chose to keep getting it done.
All the best!
I've just joined this forum, looking for advice about the seroma issue. Mine sounds exactly like yours. I'm three weeks post lumpectomy and SLN biopsy. I've been back twice to drain the seroma under my armpit. Can't lower my arm, scar doesn't seem to be healing properly. Everyone keeps saying, "it will resolve on its own". Now that some months have gone by for you, what happened? I'm sooo frustrated.
I had a lumpectomy and axillary nodes removed. I got a seroma in both surgery sites. I had to get the breast sermoa drained twice but this cleared up by itself about 8 weeks post surgery. Five months on I’m still have issues with the seroma under my arm. I’ve had it drained three times, with a fourth one booked in for next week. I was told that usually they clear up within the first three months.
I hope you are doing ok despite the seroma. Mine went something like this:
Surgery 6th December
Drained 60ml 12th December
Drained again 45ml 19th December
Swelled again after the 2nd drain but not as badly and didn't need draining again. It was back to normal, in terms of swelling by the 29th, so just over a month. I was left with a little sore lump under my lymph node incision but otherwise had no further issues with seromas.
As anyone suffered from a seroma after surgery? If so how long did it take to disappear? and did you have to keep having it drained? Also how big was it?
I have had my seroma drained twice already and it has filled again. It is quite large and its under my arm so i can't put my arm down straight. I know everyone is different but i just wanted to get an idea of how normal this is.