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How long does it take for fluid to go away after surgery

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Due to ongoing infected mesh issues after several ventral hernia repairs I recently had a separation component surgery to reconstruct the abdominal wall in order to close me without anymore mesh. But over the past 7 weeks since surgery I have had increased levels of very sharp abdominal pain, low grade fevers, decreased appetite, nausea & vomiting that sent me to the ER. A CT Scan indicated a small amount of fluid but Dr.'s are unsure if it's a seroma so put me on antibiotics for 1 week in case the fluid is infected. How long does it generally take for the fluid to go away after abdominal surgery?


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replied January 1st, 2015
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Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

Under good antibiotic cover the fluid should dry up in 10-14 days. If there is nausea and vomiting along with abdominal pain, then paralytic ileus kind of condition where your gut slows down should be ruled out. Also, possibility of low potassium, low calcium and sodium should be investigated.

Adhesions may have formed which will not be visible via any imaging study. These adhesions can cause kinking of gut, abdominal pain and vomiting. Please discuss these possibilities with your treating doctor. Hope this helps. Take care!


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