Mastectomy wound

Hi,

I had a palliative mastectomy on 21/4/21 for 3 different tumours in the breast, 1 of which was not responding to either of the 2  treatments I was on. I already have stable Mets in liver & spine. 

The op went well & I have recoverd well from the surgery. However I did have a seroma & after 6 weeks my consultant decided to withdraw some of the fluid off,  as he thought there was about a litre in the wound. It was very bloodstained & he could only manage to take off 300mls. It was difficult to syringe & was fairly firm at 1 end so he said that I must have a clott. He told me this would gradually disperse over time which I accepted. He did not need to see me for 6 mnths.

However I feel the wound is still as hard ,if not more so, as even the area that was syringed seems firmer now. My wound still bulges.

Unfortunately the breast care nurse has no proper training & is inexperienced. It was a private hospital so doesn't have a Macmillian center either unlike the general. Can you please advise, should I request to see consultant  or be patient.  The histology says all 3 tumours were completely excised.

I would be grateful just for some reassurance.  Thankyou.

  • Hi

    Thank you for getting in touch with us on the Online community.  I’m sorry to hear you have been having issues with a seroma post-surgery. 

    Your consultant is right, for most ladies a seroma is usually absorbed by the body but can take a while for this to happen and the area to settle down.  For some ladies, a seroma may need to be aspirated more than once to completely drain.

    We would recommend asking to see your consultant to have the wound properly assessed.  If you have any doubts about what is or isn’t normal it is better to have it assessed, even is it is just give you that peace of mind. 

    You may find it helpful to join our Breast Cancer forum on the online community.  It may help to get support from others who are going through a similar experience to you.

    If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get back in touch with us.

    Take care,

    Mandy

    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.