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I Am 3 Weeks Post Op Tummy Tuck with Incisional Hernia Repair, I Have One Drain Still Producing 75ml?

Today my tube came lost suction and came out :( , I am terrified of getting a seroma, what can I do to help prevent this now that my tube is gone? Should I be more active or less active?

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Drain out but still draining


Your surgeon will give you the best advice but in the meantime wear a tight garment to keep the skin from shearing from the muscles and causing seroma. keep the drain site clean with antiseptic.

Chicago Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

One Drain Still Producing 75ml lost suction and came out



  • call your surgeon for instructions
  • wear your compression
  • maintain current level of activity pending discussion with your surgeon.

Best wishes. 

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Drain out and still draining


You should speak with your surgeon but as a general rule, if you are still draining, even from one drain, that should be sufficient to manage the fluid that accumulates.  Please remember that while seromas are undesirable, a surgeon who performs an abdominoplasty should have no problem managing one that might occur.  Three weeks is very early in the healing process. 

Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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