I had a big tummy tuck 1 week ago and had 2 drains inserted. One fell out a couple of days ago and since then the bleeding was decreasing. The color changed from dark red with some excessive clear yellow fluid to bright red/pinkish with some clots and assuming to stop. Yesterday it went from 180cc(ml) down to 40cc(ml). It only accumilated 40cc(ml) from 08:00 am till 23:00 pm. Today it increased and I'm now up to 300cc(ml) from this morning (7h ago) and color is back to dark red. Is this normal?
Increased Bleeding from Drain 1 Week Post Op After Tummy Tuck with Darker Color, is This Normal?
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Increasing drain output one week after a tummy tuck
The very large increase in drain output and appearance over the last 24 hours one week post tummy tuck is a worrisome sign. I would call your plastic surgeon immediately and be examined as soon as possible.
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Change in drainage
Although this may simply represent drainage of a pocket that had partly been sealed off from the drain, there is a small possibility that some bleeding has occurred, so a call to your surgeon is the best step. The surgeon will ask a few additional questions and decide whether you need to be seen.
Increased Drainage 1 Week after Tummy Tuck
Any increase in drainage with a change to a darker color may be a residual fluid or blood collection draining into the drain from a more remote locale. However, it could be a sign of bleeding, and an exam is likely needed or at least close observation.