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Draining hematoma after breast biopsy

Three weeks ago, I had bilateral breast biopsy's done.  My right breast also had a lump removed and I had a skin punch on my right nipple. However, it was my left breast that had the problems.  An internal scab had fallen off a capillary and I started to bleed inside of my left breast.  My breast swelled to the size of a football and my incision between my nipple and skin had separated.  A second surgery was needed and the Dr. removed 300cc's of blood.  Now, twelve days after my surgery, I'm folding laundry and I feel my bra is wet.  I look down and I have brownish liquid draining very slowly from my steri- strips, again where my nipple meets my skin.  I never came home with a drain.  I am VERY worried I will need a third surgery. I contacted my Dr. and she told me it was just a draining hematoma.  How long should I expect this and when should I consider calling her back.  Anyone had this happen to them?  If so, please respond.  Is it likely that I will bleed internally again?  Help!!!!
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Just because it's now draining doesn't mean that you are bleeding again. If you were the drainage would be actual blood rather than what you describe. This could also be a seroma rather than a true hematoma. I would keep some type of dressing on the area and watch the drainage for a few days; if it doesn't clear up then see the Dr. again. I would think either a drain could be placed not requiring an actual surgery or drainage with a needle might also be done.  Regards ...
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