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0 Comment May 22, 2017

How many drains are needed after a tummy tuck

A significant amount of tissue is elevated from the abdominal wall when a tummy tuck is performed. As a result, the abdominal wall creates a potential space, thus, leading to seromas after surgery has been performed. It is very common for surgeons to place drains in the abdomen after a tummy tuck.  These drains help remove some of the fluid that accumulates, secondary to the inflammation that results from the surgery itself.  By putting the drains, the fluid is removed, fluid collections are avoided, and better results with an even abdomen will result.

Some patients ask if how many drains are typically placed in the abdomen? Generally, most surgeons use two drains due to the fact that the drain sometimes gets clotted.  A drain might also get dislodged, so by having two drains you still have enough drainage in your abdomen to prevent possible complications during the recovery.  These drains typically stay for 7 to 10 days and patients have to wait until the drainage is less than 30 cc to remove it. The drain color can also help determine when the drains will be removed.

Little do you know that drains are essential after a tummy tuck. It is the easiest way to avoid fluid collection and collapse the cavity that was created during surgery to provide good results. If you have little knowledge about drains or you still have queries about it, you can ask your surgeon. Do not be shy to ask questions because it is you who will undergo the procedure. One of the goals of the surgeon is to satisfy the patients. For you to be satisfied, cooperation is a must between the surgeon and the patient. You have to tell your surgeon about your expectation and the surgeon will tell you what you should do before and after the surgery.


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