How can I reduce the daily fluid output after reconstruction?
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Persistent drainage after breast reconstruction
It is not uncommon to have persistent drainage after mastectomy and reconstruction. Some reasons for this include: removal axillary lymph nodes, large volume mastectomy, and/or use of dermal matrix during reconstruction. I routinely remove drains when output is around 30 ml/day. If the daily output does not subside then I have the drains placed on passive drainage to facilitate more fluid absorption by the body. Check with your plastic surgeon if this may be an option for you. Best, Dr. Yegiyants
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