Will there be instructions on how to remove the drain in case they are still in upon leaving?

Doctor Answers 11

Drains after surgery

I am sure that your plastic surgeon or their team will remove the drains for you. Be sure to have the nurses teach you how to care for the drains and record their output before leaving. Best of luck!

Removing drains

Drains typically stay in following a tummy tuck for around a week depending on the procedure and the amount of drainage.  These are removed in the surgeon's office by either the surgeon or his/her qualified staff.  They should provide you with information on how to take care of the drains at home but removing them - although a painless and straightforward procedure - is not something that is usually assigned to the patients themselves.

Abdominoplasty

The drains will typically be left in anywhere from 3 to 7 days. They will carefully instruct you on how to take care of them, however I would not expect that you should remove them. I am sure your surgeon or their staff will do that for you.

Good luck!

Mark T. Boschert, MD
Saint Louis Plastic Surgeon
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Drain Removal After Surgery

Drains are placed to remove blood/fluid from a fresh surgical site. They remain in place until the fluid collecting has dropped to a level that the doctor deems correct for whatever procedure has been performed. Instructions for drain care (if they remain in upon your discharge) will be demonstrated for you. When our patients are discharged with drains, they also receive written instructions, a recording sheet for the output and time, and either an appointment for drain removal or a telephone number to call when the drainage amount has dropped enough for removal.

Steve Byrd, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy tuck drain removal not a DIY procedure

You should be given instructions on how to manage the drains and keep track of the output, but they would normally be removed in the doctor's office. This is normally within a few days and your surgeon will give you guidance on when it is time.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Drain instructions

Thanks for your inquiry, your surgeon's office should remove your drains.  Please clarify your question with them.

Will there be instructions on how to remove the drain in case they are still in upon leaving?

Thank you for your question.  Drains after a tummy tuck are usually left in until their output declines to a certain amount.  This is usually within 1 week.  Removal of these drains are typically performed by the surgeon and staff, not the patient.  Although you should receive detailed instructions on how to care for the drain (emptying and recording), patients are not assigned to remove drains.  Good luck!

Zachary Farris, MD, FACS
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Removal of Drains

Each office has there own protocols regarding postoperative care. In most cases, the drains should be removed by the plastic surgeon's office. In the event that you need to leave the area unexpectedly before the drains are ready to be removed work with your surgeon's office so you can have them removed safely by another physician's office. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Will there be instructions on how to remove the drain in case they are still in upon leaving?

Thank you for your question. Your surgeon or a medical professional will most likely remove the drain. Speak with your surgeon regarding drain guidelines. 

Best, 

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 425 reviews

Drain care with tummy tuck

Most plastic surgeons do give specific instructions on drain care and how to measure, empty, and clean them. However, most plastic surgeon do not recommend removing the drain yourself. This is best done by the plastic surgeon or his/her staff in the clinic.

Kiran Polavarapu, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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