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Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby Embraceit » Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:52 pm

So annoying - I am still draining about 70 cc's per day. With the holiday approaching the earliest I would be able to get it out would be next Monday (almost 3 weeks post op).

My ps wants it under 30 cc's per day for 2 days.

Is this normal??? It seems way longer compared to others ??
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby thenewme2011 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:33 pm

Hmmm - I had all drains out by 11 days post op - which my PS did say was a "ahead of schedule" so I would think that it's normal to have them in until around 14 to 18 days post op. That all said - your output sounds significant for almost 3 weeks post op. My drain output started out at about 48cc's and decreased significantly with each day passing - averaging in the single digits within the first week post op. So - as frustrating as it may be - if you're having output that high, it's best to have the drains in.

I know that's not what you are hoping to hear - but keep your chin up . . . I'm sure it will all settle in soon and you'll have the "drain stage" behind you!
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby beatnikbean » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:10 pm

My PS said most of his patients have it in for 10 days. Well Im 11 days today and they didn't take it out. I'm draining around 30 cc's which is too much for him. So I have to wait another week. I would much rather suffer an extra week than end up with a seroma. I hate mine. I can never find a good location for it and it yanks and tugs so much. Waaaaaaahhhhh
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby kimbo71006 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:25 am

Not unusual - everyone heals differently.

I had one drain clot out and was removed on day 6 post-op.

But the other one was left in almost a month as it continued to drain out old blood (I hemorraghed). And since it was one drain doing the work of two, they left it in longer.

So it's not abnormal or unusual. Every PS has different procedures and every person heals differently. There is no exact road map or a "one size fits all" when it comes to this sx.
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby discostu » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:25 am

The longer the better in my opinion! My drains were taken out 10 days po and I was at about 25 cc's. I ended up developing 2 seromas. One is gone and the other we're working on. I wish I would have kept my drains longer. I know they suck but in the long run it pays off! Hugs Sweetie.... Kris :O)
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby sheracat18 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:32 pm

I'm on day 25 with my drain and am down to 35cc/day. It's decreasing verrrrrrry slowly. I too had a lot of drainage (was averaging 125cc/day for over a week). I have an appointment next weds to have the drain taken out, my PS doesn't want to leave it in any longer regardless of what I'm draining, because I have to be on antibiotics as long as it's in, and they're making me sick (diarrhea, yeast infections).

Seromas are awful, and I'd rather have the drain than get a needle stuck in me repeatedly. Yes the drain is the pits but it's saving us from worse. Just think of all that fluid that your body would have to be working to process and absorb if you didn't have the drain, that's a huge burden on an already taxed lymphatic system. You're doing your body a big favor by keeping it in.
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby beatnikbean » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:21 pm

Well I'm scheduled to have mine removed at 8am on Monday but honestly at this point I don't think I'll even waste my time going in. I'm still at 30-35! It has not gone down AT ALL!! Since it's Thursday, I can't imagine my drainage will go down in 3 days. Guess I'm going back to work with mine in!

Do any of you have tips for hiding it? Seriously I don't know how I'm going to play it off at work. I am planning on wearing a back brace on the outside of my clothes to hide my binder and I'll claim I herniated a disc or something. That really does happen to me all the time.
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby sheracat18 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 11:17 am

You don't need a back brace to hide the drains. If you've got the drain compressed (IE you squeezed all the air out) it should be kind of flat. You can do several things:

-pin the drain up under your shirt so the bulb doesn't hang lower than your shirt's edge. (I put the safety pin up above bellybutton level. Tuck the drain tube under the shirt or partly inside your pants. Wear a sweater or sweatshirt to hide the slight bulge.

-wear a flowy skirt and put the drain under the waistband. black works best to conceal.

-Put the bulb in your pocket, either pants pocket (jeans might be too tight) or sweatshirt/sweater pocket. Wear a jacket over that. OR if you have a jacket that has inner pockets, even better.

Is your drainage changing color at least? I'm still averaging 30cc/day but the color is getting lighter and lighter which is still a sign of progress.
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Re: Still have drain in 13 days post op!

Postby Patty01 » Fri Nov 25, 2011 2:55 pm

Be patient on the drains. Mine was in 21 days. PS wanted it 25 ccs or less before pulling it. It was still too soon, developed a seroma, which we kept aspirating with the needle for 2 weeks, finally that stopped, but it turned into a bursa, which is like a capsule that forms around the seroma. I just had to have surgery 2 weeks ago to remove that. It started at my BB and went up and over to my rib cage. They took pics so I could see. It was a big surprise, as it was thought to have been much smaller. So leave drains in as long as they're necessary and under 25ccs in 24/48 hours, wear cg if you can AND a binder as well, double compression. After second surgery I had 3 drains, 2 flat and a JP, flats came out in 5 days, JP came out on 12th day when it was down to 15 cc in 24 hours, much faster the second time. People heal differently. Eating a lot of high protein helps heal, fresh pineapple helps flush your system, as it has bromeline in it, which helps healing as well, and watch your fluid intake. Hope that helps.
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Re: Still have drain in 21 days post op!

Postby glynnism » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:42 am

My TT was 3 weeks ago today. Friday I finally got one drain taken out but still have the other drain. My PS wants 10ml or less in a 25 hour period. I am consistantly at 20ml. I've seen people post that thier PS want 30ml. I am so over this drain.
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