• I had a lumpectomy six months ago and have a large seroma where the mass was removed. I have had it drained two times and it comes back.

    Asked by jacknsantafe on Saturday, October 21, 2017

    I had a lumpectomy six months ago and have a large seroma where the mass was removed. I have had it drained two times and it comes back.

    It is uncomfortable and the discomfort is in the arm pit as well as surrounding area. I have gone to a recommended massage therapist but she concluded that she couldn't do much for me. Has anyone had any procedure that could help? Thanks!

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Ask your oncologist that question. They probably know of a procedure or surgery, but were first trying the easiest ways for you to go through.

      about 1 year ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      Hi,I did have fluid drained by the surgeon a few times within 1-2 years from cancer in 2012.It never really goes away for me.It's not uncomfortable now,but can't remember if it was in 2012

      about 1 year ago
    • cak61's Avatar

      I had one that became red, swollen and irritated about three days after my six month mammogram. Doctor gave me antibiotics, but a few days later it opened up and clear fluid was running out.
      So, back to the doctor and she opened it up more and I had to pack it with medicated strips so it would heal from the inside out. It took about two weeks of packing, then another week to close completely.
      Usually your body absorbs the fluid on its own, but not sure how long it takes.
      Hang in there.

      about 1 year ago
    • cak61's Avatar

      Oh, and I have a friend who had a mastectomy and was having the seroma drained once a week for about five weeks, and it finally stopped filling back up but took a while to go away completely.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jbro's Avatar

      About 6 weeks after bilateral mastectomy (expanders placed at time of initial surgery) I developed a large seroma on one side. My plastic surgeon surgically placed a drain on that side which stayed in for about 2 weeks. After that I had no more problems.

      about 1 year ago
    • Donnie's Avatar

      My dr. just left mines alone and it went away. He did not drain it, afraid it may cause more problems due to me having fibromyalgia. So I put liodaine patch on it for pain and it went away. It was the size of a egg.That was four years ago.

      about 1 year ago
    • Dltmoll's Avatar

      After having mine drained twice (the first time draining out 11 ounces of fluid, the second time about 9 ounces) a drain was inserted that I had to leave in until it stopped filling up. After that I had no issues.

      about 1 year ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      I never had mine drained, lymphatic massage was recommended and it worked for me

      about 1 year ago
    • DoreenLouise's Avatar

      I chose the same treatment as msesq, self lymphatic massage which I learned from a physical therapist who specializes in lymphatic massage and also from the internet. There are several videos available from a google search. Good luck.

      about 1 year ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      I had one the size of a tennis ball after a partial mastectomy. It didn't bother me so I left it alone and it went away. Now I have necrotic fat there.

      about 1 year ago

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