Seroma common after surgery?

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Question from MissAli: Can you comment on seroma after mastectomy and implant and reconstruction? I continue to develop this drainage.
Answers - Joseph Serletti Seroma is an uncommon but nevertheless present complication after both implants and autogenous reconstruction. I would say for most implant patients, we tend to leave it alone for fear of passing the needle into the seroma and potentially rupturing the implants or tissue expander. We tend to be somewhat more aggressive in removing the seroma fluid in patients who have had a TRAM flap reconstruction, since there's no implant to potentially rupture. Most seroma will be self-limited and will go away with time.

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