two children twenties not over weight (just extra skin) good shape
How Much Fluid Should Be Draining in a Day in Order for my Jp Drains to Be Taken Out?
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Drain output prior to removal
Every surgeon has their own protocol, but I like to wait until the drains are putting out less than 20 cc/day x 2 consecutive days before pulling out the drains. This is because the drain output can go up and down, and I like to be sure that the fluid collection is truly disappearing before pulling the drains. It is no fun for the patient to have to deal with a fluid collection (seroma), as this can feel like an uncomfortable water balloon that needs to be regularly drained with a needle.
When to remove drains
Assuming these drains are in following implant based breast reconstruction, my rule is less than 30mls/day for 2 days in a row.
If we are talking about the tummy drain following a TRAM flap, then it is just as soon as it reaches less than 30 mls/day.
I hope this helps
Different surgeons have different criteria, with that being said, we use less than 20cc/drain/24 hours and a drain can be removed. If two drains, we pull the highest drain on a TT and then the second one after the same criteria.
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Drains are placed after many operations in order to prevent any fluid from accummulating under the tissues...and prevent a seroma formation. As a general rule, drains can be removed once the output has fallen below 25 cc in a 24 hour period. However, this frequently depends on the procedure being performed as well as any particular issues associated with the patient. In some cases, I will leave them in longer.
I also like to wait until the output is below 25 cc in a 24 hour period. Don't try to fake that as getting the drains out early increases the seroma risk and the need to be poked with needles to drain the fluid.
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