Q:   Nana Schultz said…

Plz help have very hard knot from bottom of panniculectomy incision to pubic area on left side..has been oozing pinkish thick fluid..right side isn’t hard or painful. I’m 3 wks post op

A:  Dear Nana Schultz,

Sorry to hear about your healing issue.  There is definitely something occurring with your healing that should be looked at.  Hardness near or at the incision area after a panniculectomy is not uncommon since swelling and healing can create this.  The pain that you are experiencing and the drainage are indicating that something else may be occurring.  It may be that you have some fat necrosis and the body is trying to take care of that.  I would seek follow up with your plastic surgeon to get an idea if you should be doing something else in terms of wound care or if surgical exploration would be beneficial.

All the best,

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