Can draining 150cc dark red blood after 10 days Tummy tuck surgery be a sign of infection?
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Drainage after tummy tuck
Bloody drainage after a tummy tuck is not uncommon and will continue to decrease in volume as your recovery continues. It is not typically a sign of infection. Ideally, drainage should be less that 30cc/4hours to have the drains removed. Please make sure your surgeon knows the exact amount prior to removing the drains. It is disappointing to have to have them replaced. Good luck.
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Drains Doing Their Jobs
Thank you for your question. Your drains seem to be doing exactly what they were put in place to do. Drain output, amount and color, can depend on several factors: amount of liposuction performed/removed, bleeding during your procedure or postoperatively, where the drains are placed, and there are a few more. I have left drains in place for 3-4 weeks after abdominoplasties and/or panniculectomies. I would definitely speak with your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to make absolute sure that he or she wants them to be removed before the nurse pulls them. Good luck!
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