I am postoperative day 5 from a full tt and thigh liposuction. I have 2 drains in place which had been draining serosanginous fluid, but one drain now has some stringy white particles in it. I have no fever and the abdominal pain is improving every day. After calling my surgeon he feels this is a small amount of residual fat and is not concerned. Is this common?
Is Fat in a JP Drain Normal After Tummy Tuck and Liposuction?
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JP drain output after TT
Drainage can vary after a Tummy Tuck
Drains are placed after tummy tuck to remove fluids that accumulate after this type of surgery. Small particles of fat or protein strands may be visible in the drains. You were correct in calling your surgeon and as long as you have no signs of infection, this is probably entirely normal.
Web reference: http://www.artfulsurgery.com/surgical/body/tummy-tuck/
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