During the course of your surgery, the surgeon may place a drain. You may wonder what it is and what is it for. This article will explain why Surgical Drains are useful for you.
Surgical Drain is a clear tube attached to a small bottle. It is placed under your skin during surgery. It is used in different types of surgeries. At Evita Clinic, you should expect to be placed with a drain during Tummy Tuck, Gynecomastia and Breast surgery. This is to remove any fluids that may build-up in the operated area prolonging your swelling and delaying your recovery.
The surgeon may place one or two drains. You must drain it a few times a day. To empty the bulbs first you must open the lid and drain the fluids into the toilet. Squeeze the bulb before closing back the lid. This is to create a negative pressure that helps to suction the fluids. It is very important that you take note and or remember the amount of fluids you drained every time. The nurses and surgeon will ask about it when you visit the clinic.
Expect to wear the drain for 3-5days depending. When the amount of fluids drained within 24 hours is less than 30cc, the surgeon may decide to remove it. Removal of drain can be quite uncomfortable. It will only take a minute or two. The surgeon will pull the tube out slowly. On the average, patients verbalized the pain as 2/10.
Drain can be uncomfortable to wear around for a few days but it is not painful. You also don’t have to worry about it accidentally pulled as the surgeon would stitch it to keep it in place. You just make sure to clip it below the incision area to prevent contamination.