my tuck in the Dominican Republic 11 days ago. 6 days after the procedure I had the drain tube removed. When the Dr was removing it, I felt pulling and sharp pain on my left lower abdomen/upper left pelvic region. Yesterday I went back to the Dr to get my sutures removed and I showed the Dr that my left abdomen was very swollen and painful in the parts that weren't numb. He used a needle and 100 ml syringe and aspirated almost 100 ml of blood/fluid. I have noticed since yesterday that my upper inner thighs are very painful, esp to walk and my lymph nodes in my groin stick up above my skin about 1/2 inch and are very hard. My question, I fly back to the US Monday and will be able to see a Doc earliest tuesday (today being saturday), Is this something that can wait until then? I truly do not want to get further medical attention here and would much rather wait unless extremely necessary. Please advise!
Your lymph nodes are likely reactively inflamed from your surgical procedure. It sounds like you developed a post-operative seroma that needed aspiration. These typically tend to recur and need to be aspirated multiple times. Your swollen lymph nodes may also be a sign of infection brewing at the site of surgery. I would see a Dr. (preferably a surgeon) as soon as you get back from your trip.
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