Seroma after breast reduction

Tags:seroma

Had breast reduction on Oct. 10th. Developed a seroma that became infected and busted through incision under breast on Nov. 14th. Have been draining ever since. Started packing hole on Dec.12th with Idoform strips after developing another infection. Will receive an ultrasound on Dec. 21st. This has been very painful and has limited my ability to work and physically move. Is it true the seroma developed bc of poor surgery skills by my PS? At point do I seek a second opinion? At what point is surgery needed to close it? Does packing even work? Please help!

mjc4au

F, 41, Georgia

Seromas after breast reduction, or any surgery, are very frustrating.  It sounds like you are now left with a seroma cavity that needs to heal.  Packing it with iodoform is a fine so long as it is helping and the drainage is slowing and the cavity is getting smaller. Getting an ultrasound at this point will only confirm the existence of fluid in there.  If this is not getting better, it may be time to have a "washout" of the cavity.  You would be taken back to the OR, the area would be re-opened, the seroma capsule that is there would be removed, the tissues would be debrided and re-closed, likely over a drain.  I would not attribute this to poor surgery skills, as all plastic surgeons get seromas.  However, if it is never a bad idea to seek a second or third opinion.

Dr. Gary Breslow has 5 Breast reduction before & afters:

Breast reduction before image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction before image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction before image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction before image performed by Dr. Gary D. BreslowBreast reduction after image performed by Dr. Gary D. Breslow

» View Dr. Gary Breslow's full profile