Maybe you’re considering plastic surgery? One part of recovery that might be unsettling to you, is post-op surgical drains. Below is some information that may help with going home with the surgical drain attached to you.
What is a Surgical Drain?
Surgical drains are used for heart, abdominal, and other in-depth surgeries. For cosmetic surgeries, the drain will likely be made out of tubing that will be coming from the site of surgery, and ending in a bulb that will collect the fluid.
Why Would a Surgical Drain be Necessary?
Surgical drains direct fluid away from the place that the surgery occurred. The most apparent reason is to avoid fluid build-up.
There’s several benefits to using drains, according to surgeons that use them. A great reason is that the drains support a quicker, and healthier healing process. Correct healing requires the skin to stay attached to tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The healing takes longer when fluid piles up between the tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin.
Also, fluid build-up is a perfect place for bacteria to grow, so its important the fluid leaves. Fluid build-up can cause physical soreness during the healing, too.
What Procedures Need Drains?
Your surgeon will more then likely want you to have a drain or a couple of them if your surgery is very insidious. An example would be heart surgery. Minor surgeries like facelifts, and breast augmentation don’t require drains.
How Long Does the Drain Typically Stay In?
Depending on the surgery you have and how quickly your body heals, you may have your drains for a few days or a couple weeks. If you have a somewhat insidious procedure, you can expect your drains to stay in for a few days. You’ll be asked to monitor them to make sure fluid is leaving the wound. By the time you are feeling like yourself again, and are ready to presume with your regular activities, the drains will likely come out.
If you do happen to have the drain bulb in for an extended period of time, your surgeon will tell you how to care for it, and what to monitor.
What Problems Can Possibly Occur?
Obstacle, and seepage around the drain and infection are rare, but can occur. If your surgeon does use a drain as part as your recovery, keep in mind that they have your best interest at heart.