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Fluid build up 3months after tummy tuck
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Fluid build up 3months after tummy tuck

Hi Doctor,
  I had my tummy tuck 3 months ago and was very happy with the results UNTIL this fluid build up! My drains were in for 3 weeks post op and still I have fluid retention. At this point I am going back to my dr. every week to have it evacuated with a needle. While this isn't painful I am becoming concerned that the fluid will never go away or that I will develop some other health issue because of the excess fluid. Do the compression garments really work? I was wearing it faithfully until after my last needle evacuation - 1 and 1/2 days after the fluid was right back! Shoudl I be concerned or will this fluid eventually go away?

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At three months post abdominoplasty, it is highly unusual to be accumulating fluid.  You may require a new drain and certainly a culture to rule out infection.
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