If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of seroma, you may want to visit a doctor. Seromas are usually harmless and will go away on their own with time, but persistent ones can become a concern.
An ultrasound or computed tomography scan can help you determine the size of the seroma. In some cases, fluid may need to be aspirated with a hypodermic needle, but you should remember that repeated aspirations will increase the risk of infection.
What’s a seroma?
A seroma is a collection of serous fluid beneath the skin. Serous fluid is a watery part of blood that helps transport nutrients and waste products to the tissues.
Sometimes this fluid leaks from a blood vessel and collects as a soft lump. This lump can be a sign of a seroma, and may be obvious if your dog is recovering from surgery. It is clear to yellow in color and not painful.
Treatments for seromas vary depending on their severity. Non-invasive methods include aspiration and drainage. Drains are placed through the skin and connect to a portable suction device, usually a suction bulb. Once connected, the device squeezes to collect fluid.
The drain is left in place until there is little or no drainage. The procedure can take up to six weeks to complete. If you have a seroma that won’t go away on its own, you may want to try compression garments.
What causes a seroma?
A seroma is a swelling or cyst that forms in the skin. The fluid that builds up in the seroma will eventually be absorbed by the body. Depending on its size, a seroma can take months or years to dissolve.
In some cases, a seroma may become large and form a capsule. If this occurs, it is necessary to have surgery to remove the capsule. If the swelling does not go away after a few weeks, you should contact a physician immediately.
Most seromas are caused by surgical procedures. They are particularly common after breast and abdominal surgeries. They can also form after surgery involving the thyroid, parathyroid, or neck.
They can also form as a result of improperly removed sutures. Some other types of surgery can cause seromas, such as abdominoplasty. Surgical complications that are associated with a higher risk of seromas include hernia repair, liposuction, body lifts, and mastectomy.
Risk factors of a seroma
Seromas are fluid-filled pockets that develop inside your body. They form after a surgical procedure or after a break in the skin.
They can appear anywhere near the surgery site, and their formation is caused by damage to blood vessels and lymph vessels in the surrounding tissue. Usually, the fluid is absorbed by the body. However, there are certain risk factors that increase the chances of developing a seroma.
One study found that older patients had a higher risk of developing a seroma. Another study found that patients who had received intravenous analgesia had a lower risk of seroma formation than patients who did not receive it.
Another study found that patients who had used PCA during the surgery had a 97% lower risk of developing a seroma compared to those who did not receive it.
How are mucous cysts treated?
Surgical procedures are available for treating mucous cysts. Cysts are benign sacs filled with fluid that can be painful, so it’s best to have them diagnosed by a doctor as soon as possible.
However, removing the cyst alone may not relieve pain, particularly if arthritis is present below it. If arthritis is present, joint fusion or joint arthrodesis may be recommended instead of surgical removal.
Some types of treatment for seroma include a topical cream or ointment to reduce the pain. However, larger seromas may need a medical procedure. Over-the-counter pain medications are sometimes effective.
A physician may perform a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. This procedure involves inserting a needle into the seroma and drawing out the fluid with a syringe. Depending on the severity of the seroma, the patient may require several draining procedures. A minor surgical procedure may also be required.
How are seromas treated?
Seromas are fluid-filled sacs in the skin. In the majority of cases, small seromas heal without treatment. Larger seromas, however, may require surgical drainage or aspiration to prevent recurrence. Although most seromas resolve on their own, persistent or infected ones can be painful. In such cases, your doctor may recommend intravenous antibiotics or surgical exploration.
Treatment for seromas depends on the severity and location of the condition. Painful seromas are often treated with fine needle aspiration, in which the healthcare provider inserts a thin needle into the cyst to drain the fluid. This procedure can lead to an infection, however, and the patient will need to undergo a few more sessions of this procedure. Some people find that applying heat to the cyst will help encourage fluid drainage.