Drainage Tube Pain?

Does it hurt to have tummy tuck drainage tubes removed? Please answer quickly-I am going tomorrow. Thank you!

Doctor Answers 5

Drain Pain Discomfort

Dear Beth,

No question about it, removal of a drainage tube can be uncomfortable.

You may feel a brief moment of moderate pain/discomfort, but it is just that, brief.

Many people are fearful of this, and most have only mild to moderate discomfort during the removal process. 

Take a few deep breaths and remember that it really is only a momentary, but necessary step in your recovery process.

Orland Park Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Drainage Tube Pain

   The type of drainage tube used, the placement location, and the duration that it has been in place may determine the pain to some extent, but for most patients pain is minor.

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 496 reviews

Drain removal pain

is not usually an issue for my patients.  I exclusively use circular drains and they always slide out easily and with minimal resistance.  I don't understand why some doctors like rectangular drains as logically, they have more resistance when pulled out of a circular hole.  Seems elementary to me and I hope your experience was a good one.

Curtis Wong, MD
Redding Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Drainage Tube Pain?

Usually it is not uncomfortable, and doesn't approach patient expectation. There are different sorts of drains, and they do vary in  how easily they can be removed. It is obviously too late to consider which sort of drain to use for you!

Thanks, best wishes. 

Jourdan Gottlieb, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 45 reviews

Drain Concerns after Tummy Tuck?

Although every practice has a different protocol, I like to use local anesthesia around the drains prior to removal.  Either way, most patients find the anticipation  of the event (drain removal) worse than the event  itself.

 Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1,503 reviews

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