What is Average Time for Drains to Stay in After Tummy Tuck?
- Asked by Time4meTX
- 2 years ago
The drains are important
I like to place two drains on my abdominoplasty. I will take them out when they are draining less than 30 cc /24 hours and this can take about 7-10 days. Remember, you can always take a drain out, but you can't simply put it back in. Patient's can often return to work with a drain and disguise it under the clothes.
Tummy tucks and drains
Whether getting a mini-tummy tuck or complete tummy tuck you will likely have drains. When I perform mini-tummy tucks I usually use one drain, and two drains in a complete tummy tuck. The drains help remove excess fluid throughout the healing process.
A natural part of the healing process includes your body producing a little fluid. Your body is also able to reabsorb some fluid, but in the beginning there is more than your body can handle. The drains help remove that fluid. In most cases, the first drain (when two are used) can be removed in about one week. The second drain is usually removed between the first and second week. The same 1-2 week period applies when only one drain is placed. If there is more fluid than average draining into the drains they may need to stay longer. The important thing is that they are removed when your body is able to handle things on its own.
I hope this info helps!
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Tummy tuck recovery
Because a tummy tuck tightens loose or stretched abdominal muscles and a lot of excess skin is removed, the recovery for this surgery is notably long, but you can generally return to work in 2 weeks. This surgery takes about 3 hours and can often can be performed as an outpatient procedure under twilight sedation instead of general anesthesia. After surgery, you may walk and sit a little hunched over for a few days after the operation and should not even try to stand up straight during this time because you risk separating the incision. You will have drains in place that will be removed 3 days to a week after surgery. During your healing, you should minimize the strenuousness or suddenness of exertions such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, and bowel movements. Postoperative pain pumps have now made recovery much faster and easier as well!
Drains after tummy tuck
When drains are used in a tummy tuck they usually remain for 5 to 14 days. They are usually left longer in heavier patients.
I do use drains, but place multiple internal sutures to allow me to remove the drains more quickly. They usually are removed at 5 to 7 days.
Drains may not be necessary for tummy tuck
Typically drains have been left in large surgical areas for 5 to 7 days after surgery. We feel that drains are a two way street in that after this time the risk increases that bacteria can also work their way back in. Newer methods in tummy tuck have however allowed us to omit the drains altogether and we have not used them in the last 7 years. The benefit is an easier recovery, faster on your feet and faster into the shower.
Best of luck,
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Drains stay as long as needed.
If there is almost nothing draining after 1 week, we take both out. If there is a small amount, we take the one out with the less drainage and the other comes out a few days or 1 week later. If there is still a lot draining we leave the second drain in till it has almost nothing, but that is a rare occurrence.
Average time for drains to stay in after tummy tuck
The time required for your drains to stay in can vary depending upon a number of factors:
- the amount of liposuction that is performed at the time of your tummy tuck
- the degree of undermining of tissue
- your overall health and ability to heal
That being said, these are only a few of the factors which influence the amount of drainage that you can expect. Many physicians go by the rule that the drains can be removed once there is less than 30cc per drain per day. And although drains are not anyone's favorite thing to have in, they do serve a very important function in the early postoperative period.
I hope that helps!
Drainage after TT
This will depends on doctor's desicion but usually will be when the drainage is lower than 50 cc per day , some others just take 8-10 to 15 days
Removing drains following an abdominoplasty
Drains usually stay in place for 5 to 10 days. Once the drainage is less than 30 cc over a 24 hour period they can be removed.
Tummy tuck and drains
I find in my practice that the average time per drains to remain in place (removed when output less than 20 mL per drain per day) is is 2 weeks. Of course this varies from patient to patient depending on the drain output.
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