Drainage 2 Weeks After Tummy Tuck
- Asked by mapow in Murfreesboro, TN
- 4 years ago
It's been exactly 2 weeks today after my Tummy Tuck, but the drainage was a total of 55 cc today and 60 cc yesterday. Is this normal and should I be concerned?
Drain output after tummy tuck
The amount of drainage after tummy tuck varies from person to person depending on the size and extent of undermining as well as different layers of dissection or undermining. Other factors such as closure technique and post-operative activity levels can also affect drainage output. Drainage amount after two weeks is not that unusally but need to look at the type of drainage. Is it bloody, clear serous, or murky purulent?
It's generally better to wait until the drainage drop below certain level before removal. This is where your follow care with your surgeon becomes critical. You should continue to follow up with your surgeon to monitor the output and remove it when it's appropriate.
Drainage after tummy tuck
I generally like to have all the drains out by about two weeks but it is not always possible. You will have to follow up with your plastic surgeon and he or she will determine when it is time to remove the drains. Sometimes after drain removal, there is still fluid that may accumulate and require aspirations afterwards.
Good luck and be patient.
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