Drains versus Drainless: Which is best for diabetics?

I am a 46-year old well-controlled (adult onset) T1 diabetic with no complications. I am considering a full tummy tuck and am wondering if either of these methods (drains versus progressive suture technique??) would be better than the other for a diabetic patient, given that they may have slower healing/longer recovery time. Thanks in advance for your responses!

Doctor Answers 4

MM for diabetics

Most Diabetics can have plastic surgery safely. To minimize risks, you, your diabetic doctor along with your plastic surgeon need to make sure that your diabetes is under good control before and after the procedure. Although some complications may be increased, such as infection, the odds are generally in your favor that you will do OK

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Drains versus Drainless: Which is best for diabetics?

Thank you for the question.  Neither one of the techniques is necessarily "better" for a diabetic patient. More important than the specific technique (drain or no drain) will be careful selection of your plastic surgeon, regardless of the technique he/she utilizes.  Make sure that he/she is a board-certified plastic surgeon who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of outcomes you'll be pleased with. Best wishes.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Drains vs Drainless

Thank you for your question. I would advise the use of a drain. Drains are placed to help limit seroma formation. Drains should not be viewed as a bad thing. Even on my tummy tucks where I use progressive tension sutures I still place a drain. Please don't choose your PS based on whether they use drains. Best of luck

Christopher J. Morea, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Drains versus Drainless: Which is best for diabetics?

The use of drains versus progressive suture technique is more of a surgeon dependent decision.  If you are well controlled, that is the most important component.  In addition, the individual doing your surgery is the other key component.  I have also found that finishing the procedure with the patient bent at the waste results in a flatter abdomen with the patients standing upright at 7 days.  This also pulls the abdominal skin tight eliminating the space where the seroma forms. 

Daniel Kolder, MD
Camarillo Plastic Surgeon
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