Is it common to start draining from your drain site after tubes been removed?

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Is it common to start draining from your drain site after tubes been removed?

It is very common to have some drainage after a drain has been removed and the wound has not yet sealed completely.  This is not of concern but should not last and persist.  Best wishes,

Jon A Perlman M.D., FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
ABC-TV Extreme Makeover Surgeon
Beverly Hills, California


Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Drainage after drain tubes removes

Thank you for asking about your drain site drainage.

You may drain a little for 24 hours but not longer. Please contact your surgeon to report what is happening and for further guidance.

Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes  - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS

Dainage After Tubes Removed

Yes in my practice we have lymphatic massage done immediately after drains removed, fluid will build up and continue to drain possibly for a few days after.  Its important to have post operative healing done at this time.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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Is it common to start draining from your drain site after tubes been removed?

Yes, it is not unusual for some drainage to persist after drains have been removed.  The drainage usually stops within one to two days after removal. Best wishes. 

Is it common to start draining from your drain sites after tubes have been removed?

Thank you for sharing your question.  Once a drain is removed it is not uncommon to have a small amount of drainage for a few days until your body heals it from the inside-out.  This should overall be fairly minimal.  Talk to your surgeon if you have any concerns. 

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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