I had my tummy tuck yesterday morning. I have not had to empty the drains as often as I imagined I would. From 8:30 - 7pm In both drains was 50mL (day after surgery) Is this too little?
How Much Fluid Should Be Draining After Tummy Tuck?
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Drains and Tummy Tucks
More recently, 'drain free' surgery has become more popular. Fat layer is sutured down to the muscle layer starting at the ribs and progressively down to the lower incision. This makes the space for the fluid to collect much smaller, and in many patients can have surgery without drains. However, I have seen multiple patients come from other surgeons because they developed a seroma despite the suturing of the tissue. This is not the surgeon's fault, but some patients just do not heal fast enough or put out too much fluid for the body to absorb.
Pablo Prichard, MD
Fluid from drainage tubes after tummy tuck
The volume of drainage after a tummy tuck can be quite variable. The amount you have is well within the normal range. Having a lower output generally means that your drains will come out sooner rather than later. That is a good thing. Good luck.
Lawrence Tong MD FACS FRCSC
How much drainage should be be seen post Tummy Tuck?
Thank you for your question. Drains are typically removed when there is less than 30cc in the drain for 24 hours. In most cases, the first drain comes out by day 7 and the second drain by day 14. Note that the drainage may increase after the first couple of days and the patient moves about more. Each Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is different. Best to share the goals with them, and together you will make a plan.
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Drainage expectations following a tummy tuck
There is so much variability of drainage following a tummy tuck. The amount that you have had within the first 24 hours is well within normal limits. So don't worry! I have found some patients beig able to have their drains removed within the 1st week; others can take 4 weeks or longer.
Drainage can vary...
In the first 24 hours the amount of fluid that drains may be as high as 300cc’s.With time drainage usually slows, and when the levels drop sufficiently the drains can be removed.In our practice we typically remove drains when they drop below 25cc per 24 hours.
Although your drainage is definitely on the low side, it’s still within the normal range.Under these circumstances, you’ll probably have your drains removed sooner rather than later.
If you have questions about your drainage, it’s important to consult your plastic surgeon.Your surgeon should be able to reassure you and alleviate your anxiety.
Drains after a tummy tuck
The drainage after a tummy tuck is quite variable, and most will have an experience similar to yours with very little output. We do not use drains any longer in tummy tuck, and if the output remains low your surgeon may be encouraged to remove them earlier.
Best of luck,
Drainage Volume After Tummy Tuck
There is a good bit of variation on the amount of drainage following tummy tucks. The fact that your drains have put out 50cc indicates that they are functioning properly. Even though your output is a bit on the low side, I would not be overly concerned.
Drainage after a TT
That's great! Your drainage is normal or perhaps a little low. You probably won't get a seroma and your drains will come out sooner than someone with more drainage. I have had patients who drained as much as 400 cc a day. Too much activity can increase drainage and don't be in a rush to get those drains out. 30 cc in a 24 hour period is what I look for. Just relax and think positively.
Drain fluid after abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
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