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How to clear tubes in wound drains reservoir (photo)

I am 18 days after TT and still draining a lot- around 100 ml/24 hours. But the main problem is clots inside tubes. These drain can be separate at 2 tubes, one I clean regulary, but in one wich inside my body always blocking by blood clots. How I can remove these clots in tube inside my body to make fluid go easyer in reservuir?

Doctor Answers (6)

Drain tubes clogged

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These tubes can be "stripped" by pinching the the tube close to where it exits your body, then gently pulling the clots toward the reservoir.  DO NOT try to irrigate or flush the tubes -- you can end up pushing bacteria inside and create an infection.  If the tubes do not strip easily, and the tube is no longer functioning, it may need to be removed.  This does happen from time to time, and is normal.  One well known side effect of tummy tuck is SEROMA.  The drains are meant to limit the risk of seroma, but you may still develop a seroma nonetheless.  Do not consider this a "complication"  -- Seroma formation is one of the more frequent side effects of this type of surgery, and should be managed by your Plastic Surgeon, if it occurs...

Hope this helps, and good luck!!!


Hickory Plastic Surgeon
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How to clear tubes in wound drains reservoir

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Here again this is an issue that needs in person surgeon advise and demonstration. Call your surgeon to be seen to show you how to correct this issue..//

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Drain Output After TT

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Drainage of 100ccs in 24 hrs is excessive at 18 days post op. The drainage indicates the drains are intact and patent.

Consult your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

Best wishes

George C. Peck, Jr, MD
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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You have to be very careful when taking care of a drain that has stayed for so many days , making sure you don't push anything inside your body when cleaning it. 
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