After a surgery, fluid can collect under the skin near the cut the doctor made (incision). This soft, puffy area is called a seroma. It can be tender to touch. The incision may even have opened up.
Some seromas get better on their own. But when there is a lot of fluid under the skin, a seroma is drained to help the area heal.
If your child's incision has opened up, it may either be packed with gauze or left open to heal. To prevent infection, make sure to help your child keep the area clean and take all medicines as prescribed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to
know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child
Call 911 anytime you think your child may
need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate
medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact
your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 27, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
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