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I don't think they are essential since a few women here never had drains. I did - for 5 days on the left side and 7 days on the right. I think they helped with swelling since the fluids are not trapped inside. They are a pain to have in - not physical pain just having to work around them, clean them out, etc. One of mine was awful coming out - I healed around it and they had to open me up and restitch me. The other one just came right out with no problem.
I had no drains and was very surprised. Apparently I wasn't bleeding enough to need them. My nurses were amazed that I didn't have draining in general. I did bruise a little more on one side than the other, but I used the Bromelain prior and after surgery. I used Arnica after surgery, too. Also, on the 3rd day they put me on an anti-imflammatory 3 times a day that I a still taking. Before surgery for two weeks I could have nothing with blood thinning properties.
I didn't have them. My PS said he just doesn't see the need for them. I didn't have a lot of bleeding or drainage but I have had a great amount of swelling and still have it. I was glad not to have them though!
I had my drains taken out the morning after surgery. They were a pain in the butt but I had to empty them like four times in that short period of time (less than 24 hours.) They filled up quick so I guess it was good that I had them in-well, one did, one clogged with a clot of blood and was useless. I didn't feel a thing when they came out either so that was good.
My PS explained to me and the hubby this: "The drains aren't always needed but they have saved me a lot of trouble so I use them on my patients."
I think whatever decision your PS makes will be fine.
I had drains until the next morning. I had to spend the night in the hospital, so it was no big deal. The nurses emptied them out for me every few hours. I did have quite a bit of drainage. I guess some fluid is put in your body when they do lipo and the drains help with getting that out as well as the bleeding. They didn't hurt at all, but it did feel better with them out. I don't know if I could take having them in for five to seven days. I hardly had any drainage after they came out, so I think they helped in my situation.
A friend told me that drain tubes are essential. Do you all agree and how long did you need them?[/quote
Hi...I read your other post about what your 'friend' told you. She seems to be horrifically misinformed....the women on here are a wealth of information, and usually quite accurate. In addition, once you have your consult with your doctor, you will definitely be able to separate fact from fiction. I wouldn't take what your 'friend' says to heart. I wonder where she gets her 'information'. Well, in any event , I'm really glad you found us!! (I hope the preceding doesn't sound rude...I didn't mean for it to...I just get concerned that misinformation can scare people away from something they can really benefit from--one of my pet peeves--and not only with BRs).
For me, drains were essential, for many they are definitely not! I had them in 6 days, because I am quite the drainer (it is mostly water/serum, not so much blood that determines the need for the drains)...Some docs do or do not use them as a matter of course--others determine the need during surgery.
Thank you all so much for the information. I feel much better now. I will speak to my surgeon about the tubes. It is really nice to have this site available. Your kind words are a comfort. I won't be talking to anyone else about my surgery outside this group. I do not want to get misinformation. The friend who gave me the information about drainage tubes had breast reduction done 10 years ago.
My PS always uses drains, even when there is little bleeding or swelling. He says the suction action of the drain creates a slight vacuum within the breast, which helps the skin adhere to the underlying tissue, and is therefore beneficial to the healing process. I've not heard this theory anywhere else, but it rather makes sense to me, when you consider that the outer layer of skin has been separared from the breast tissue. So make of that what you will, but it's worth knowing anyway.
All best wishes, Bea
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