Drains

  • WestCoastgirlinPA
  • Southwest PA
  • 2 years ago

Just wondering what I can expect. I know I will have them for a week..the nurse said I will have to drain them myself until my post op appointment. Is it difficult to do yourself? Do they hurt? Any info will be appreciated!

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Each surgeon has their own protocol for drains some require you to empty twice a day and some 3 times/day. Like others have said, they are more of a nuisance, they don't hurt unless you tug them accidentally *ouch*. Just remember that whoever cares for your drains should wash their hands before and after coming in contact with them. Washing hands and wearing gloves is even better.
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Mine were removed day after. They felt sore and a little burning. When the nurse took them out, took a deep breath and exhaled slowly and it was done. Emptying and measuring was easy-there is a flip top thing along side the tube. Open it, squeeze to empty, and measure. I had a pouch to put the bulbs in so they weren't pinned to the bra.
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Ask you surgeon how long he/she usually keeps them in. My doc does 5 days but due to holiday weekend, mine will be in 7 days. Empty 2x a day. Really not a big deal.
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Mine don't hurt. They are more a nuisance than anything else. Basically they dangle from your bra where they are pinned. My hub has been dealing with the drain maintenance. He isn't loving the job but I am not totally sure I could do it myself and still keep my arms at my side. I hear the drains are somewhat painful when removed.
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How long do the drains have to be in...and how often do they need to be emptied?
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