Seromas and Hematomas
I had my BMX on 10/15/21. All went well, all cancer gone, took 7 nodes and all negative. The drainage in my left breast that had the cancer in it went to yellow pretty quickly and slowed within 10 days. The drainage on the right side was a dark red the entire time and was still about 30-40ml when she removed both drains on 10/28/21. My surgeon said to leave them in just puts me at higher risk of developing infection. Since I wasn't a fan of the drains, I didn't cry when she took them both (but I had been prepared to keep the right one in another week or so). She said the right side had already started clotting and wouldn't drain much more anyway.
Here's the thing though. She removed the drains and my right side has puffed out as though my breast is re-growing. It is somewhat hard to the touch and is uncomfortable. I had considerable bruising on that side from the surgery, so that is also still healing. My PT told me that I have a hematoma there. When I saw the surgeon last week, she said it's a seroma. Because they removed my breasts, this is the body's natural response to fill a void that has been created. She said she could remove the fluid, but ultimately it would re-absorb back into my body and I just needed to allow it time to heal. From what I've read online it could take a month or more for this to happen. It feels like it's getting bigger and it feels more and more uncomfortable. I'm not necessarily in pain, but the tightness is becoming bothersome. I've heard some say apply ice, but it's not that kind of swelling. I've also been told to apply heat. Has anyone else had these issues and if so, was there anything you were able to do to help alleviate the symptoms? I'm tempted to tell her to remove the fluid when I see her again this week. She doesn't seem concerned about this, so I'm trying not to be either. Up until now I've felt really good and had little to no pain. I'm considering taking the Norco the doctor prescribed (and I haven't taken any so far), though I don't think it would help in this case. Any help, advice, etc would be greatly appreciated.