How are postoperative seromas and hematomas managed following open inguinal hernia repair?

Updated: Apr 16, 2020
  • Author: Vinay Kumar Kapoor, MBBS, MS, FRCS, FAMS; Chief Editor: Kurt E Roberts, MD  more...
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Most seromas disappear spontaneously within 6-8 weeks. If a seroma persists, it may be aspirated. A small hematoma may be treated conservatively. For larger hematomas, which are asymptomatic, evacuation under anesthesia should be considered. Meticulous dissection with adequate hemostasis will reduce the incidence of seroma and hematoma formation.


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