Drain or no drain?

  • soupermom311
  • 2 years ago

I am scheduled to have my tummy tuck and muscle repair December 10, 2012.  When I consulted with the doctor, he said he usually does not put drains in...but it seems like most of the stories that I have read from this site everyone has drains.  Should I be concerned about not having them?

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PS I went and read the link posted, and it looks like the most common difference is less pain, not less swelling. My PS did the suturing technique discussed by one of the docs in the link. I am very very pleased with his work so far. I would ask your prospective docs about why they do or don't use drains, because if it were a PS who does not use drains and does not use the quilting suturing, then yes, I would be concerned about not having them.
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I specifically chose 2 to consult with because they do the drainless procedure. I am 3 weeks out. So far, I am very happy with my choice. They do their incision/repair differently so as not to leave gap so fluid doesn't build up, making the drains unnecessary. Or, so is the theory. I know my first two weeks were pretty easy recovery wise, but I don't know if drainless was the reason or just lucky. I am starting to notice more swelling in the evenings this week, and expect that to continue based on all my reading here.
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Surgery done and no drains. No problems so far and we are day 3 PO.
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Here is a link to some great information about Tummy Tuck Without Drainage Vs. with Drains?

 

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my surgeon uses no drains & no binders, he explained why an it sounded good to me. Had my MR,TT,HR cancelled 3 times due to drop in white blood cell. NOW I've got a "%$%*"" chest infection. My mind is in such a positive place, just need body to hurry & catch up.
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DId he say why no binders? I could stop mine Monday but was going to continue because I am still swelling up in the afternoons/evenings and it is not totally gone in the mornings even. It was drainless but he does use binders. I hope you are well soon and able to have your surgery!
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hi cyndi, he said no binder because that was the old way & sometimes they do more damage to your skin & that they are not very uncomfortable. The drains he said are the same & sometimes could cause infection & are painfu.l
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Sorry forgot he told me to go to M&S and buy shaper knickers a size bigger than my size. He was very helpful and explained from start to finish, also showed me picks of women with my type skin ( black)& shape. Am having my op in Birmingham UK.
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