How do you unclog drains? I see it stuck in my line but nothing is moving (Photo)
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Doctor Answers 3
"stripping the drains"
Ankur Mehta MD
Unclogging surgical drains
Unclogging Surgical Drains
In order to get the fluid moving through the tubes again you should be milking or stripping the drain. If your surgeon did not demonstrate this, or the directions weren't clear, my patients have found that youtube has some good videos if you search "milking JP drains". It is always better to watch it done than to try to explain it. This technique should help move the fluid into the JP bulbs. Even after doing this there is usually at least some fluid still in the tubes, that doesn't indicate that the bulbs are clogged, so if the drainage is still collecting in the bulbs and the bulbs stay compressed (and therefore create the suction needed to pull the fluid) than they are still doing their job. Always better to double check with your operating surgeon as well. Good luck!
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