At how many cc's will drain be removed after tummy tuck? After drain (s) is removed, where will the fluid go?
At How Many Cc's Will Drain Be Removed After Tummy Tuck?
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Every plastic surgeon has their own guideline. Most recommend removal of a drain once the output of each drain has dropped below 30 cc per 24 hours. Any remaining fluid will be a small amount and will be absorbed by your body. Compression therapy is important after drain removal. Wishing you speedy recovery.
Drains and Tummy Tuck
The answer is usually between 25-30 cc over a 24 hour period. Every surgeon is different but this is the usual range.
When to remove drains after tummy tuck
Many surgeons will use drains after tummy tuck. I think it helps to remove unwanted fluid from collecting beneath the skin. Surgeons have different criteria as to when they should be removed. In general most would remove them once the drainage gets below 30-50 cc per day. It also depends on the extent of surgery and whether or not quilting sutures are used, which can reduce the time need for drains.
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How Long Do Drains Stay In After Tummy Tuck?
Drains are used by many plastic surgeons after tummy tuck surgery. Drain removal will vary from one practice to another; in my practice (generally) I remove a drain when the output is less than 20 mL per drain per day. Again, this will vary from one physician to another.
When the drains are removed, usually the patients' bodies will absorb the serous fluid in the space between the abdominal wall skin and underlying muscle. Sometimes, this natural resorption and does not occur and physician aspiration of the fluid may become necessary.
I hope this helps.
In our practice we remove the drains if it’s draining 50cc in 24 hours. Each practice is different and does things differently. Once the drains are removed the fluid our body makes will be absorb by our body.
Drain removal after tummy tuck
Although I don't use drains anymore in tummy tucks, most surgeons remove them once there is less than 25 to 30 cc collected in a 24 hr period. However, removing them 4 to 7 days after surgery is common also, unless very large amounts of fluid are coming out.
Drains and Tummy Tucks
More recently, 'drain free' surgery has become more popular. Fat layer is sutured down to the muscle layer starting at the ribs and progressively down to the lower incision. This makes the space for the fluid to collect much smaller, and in many patients can have surgery without drains. However, I have seen multiple patients come from other surgeons because they developed a seroma despite the suturing of the tissue. This is not the surgeon's fault, but some patients just do not heal fast enough or put out too much fluid for the body to absorb.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Drains After Tummy Tuck
At How Many Cc's Will Drain Be Removed After Tummy Tuck
Each surgeon has a standard, some based on volume, some based on time, so check with your surgeon. My particular standard is 30 cc per day. After the drains are removed, the small residual amount of fluid is absorbed by the body in most cases. In an occasional patient, the residual collects as a seroma, or fluid collection, and that must be addressed by aspiration.
Thanks for your question, best wishes.
Drain removal after tummy tuck
Hello! We use suction drains and leave them in for a minimum of 48 hours following the procedure. The removal depends on the extent of the procedure & the fat aspirated. Typically we remove the drains after the output has dropped to 150 cc over 24 hours. The remaining fluid is absorbed by the body.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.