Hello Good Afternoon ,
Personally I do put drains for about 1 to 2 weeks depending on how much you are draining you need to be draining less than 50 cc to be able to remove them. As for the process or the recovery after panniculectomy, it depends on several factors. During the first week, every patient should expect bruising and swelling, but the stitches will probably be removed in this period, as well as the surgical drainage tubes.Compression garments are absolutely necesary, yo would have to use it for about 4 to 6 weeks. You may feel numbness and tightness for a while, but all of this is quite natural after this kind of a procedure. Depending on the recovery in the following several weeks, activity and exercise may gradually be increased if you take good care of your self specially the first week all the other weeks and much easier swelling and bruising will gradually disappear. Until then, the patient should not be afraid by the look of the abdomen, because it is normal that it won’t look nice during the first several weeks the process of fading will continue for several months, and it will take a year or even more before the scar completely disappears. The key ingredient is patience with that achieved it will make the recovery much easier.