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What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby mamma5 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 3:36 pm

I am one day post-op, FTT, MR and Lipo to flanks. My right drain is filling much more than my left. Is this okay? My doc and nurses did not mention anything about milking the lines. How would you know if there something wrong with the drains? I am not feeling swollen (yet), but am just wondering what to watch for. As well is the pain generally feel like a burning sensation? Yesterday it felt like I had done a biggest ab workout of my life, but now it feels more burning. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby carmensandiego » Sat Jul 07, 2012 4:47 pm

Hey!!

I am one day post op as well and my right drain fills up a lot quicker than my left too. I was told that's fine. It's just the way your body is releasing the fluid. My right drain was filling so fast directly after post op that my gauze was becoming saturated so quickly and had to be changed. Right now I average about 30 cc's of fluid on each side. I def feel you on the ab work out. My tt line is right on that pubic line deal so any time I get up or sits down it significantly hurts.
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby hwigand » Sat Jul 07, 2012 5:26 pm

Hey ya"ll -
I'm 1 week post op today and had my drains removed yesterday. I had more on the left side (Day 1 and 2) but the remaining days were all more on the right. I never had more than 25cc in any 24 hour period.
I can't really say "pain" has been a problem, although last night (after the drains came out) I was pretty uncomfortable.

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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby mamma5 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:26 pm

Thanks carmensandiago & hwigand.
It's so reassuring. My left drain was at 30 in the surgical centre and my right nothing, and now they have switched. I am feeling pretty good, still very sleepy, just having trouble being comfortable laying in bed all day!
I get to shower and take off my binder on Sunday (3days p.op) and am excited and nervous to see how everything looks. carmen, my tt line is very low too, which i am stoked about, but I know what you mean. How has your pain been and what are you taking? Happy healing to both of you!
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby carmensandiego » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:38 am

Hey girl!

My pain usually hits like clockwork, every 4 hours which is when I take the Vicodin. That's the only medication I was prescribed. I also have some extra strength Tylenol, because my headaches have been so unbearable. It's funny,my head hurts
Worse than the TT. I get to shower on Monday so Im excited for that- Im guessing like a sponge bath deal? I've noticed some bruising now on my sides so I'm waiting for the arnica and bromelain..(sp?) to help with that. Idk my headaches are really severe though. That's my only complaint, usually the pain is just discomfort from the TT, never above a 5 on a pain scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest level of pain. How about you!?
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby mamma5 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:28 am

My pain has been fine, I was a little worried as it sounds like it can be excruciating for some. I am taking percocet every 4 hrs and valuim every 6hrs, as well as a stool softener and antibiotic (my ps just automatically prescribes to avoid infec). No head aches for me...poor you. My belly is feeling a little itchy....but other than that I feel really well....granted I am laying down and resting, and just getting up to go to the bathroom! Nice to have someone at the exact same stagen feeling the same:) Are you in a recliner or bed? I'm in bed and what have your drains been outputting? Keep in touch:)
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:36 am

All doctors are different, but pretty typical is 20 cc a day and you can have them removed. Some doctors say 10 or 15 and some 25-30. You should call the doctor tomorrow to ask. I think I milked the drains every time we emptied them.

If you are having pain at the drain site, it helps to tape down the drain tube a couple of inches from the site. Kind of loop it to take up slack and tape it down. That way if there is any pulling it comes from the taped pard and not where the drain enters the skin.
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby carmensandiego » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:13 pm

OMG! I was itching too! I thought it was just me. I started using like wet baby wipes and that has helped until I get to take the glorious shower tomorrow. I took a few vallium during
The hospital stay and they really pumped me with antibiotics there, but at home only the vic. Sorry of any of my posts have been incoherent, it makes me kind of loopy LOL! And yes! Same! I haven't been in total pain either, thank god. It's just been more of an annoyance feeling infantile again you know? I am sleeping in a recliner. I rented from rent a center for a month, this nice big brown comfy thing. I tried the whole craigslist thing but that never worked out. It was coming down to the wire so I just rented. $20 a week well spent!! I also purchased a cane and a grabber thing for small items I may drop. I pretty much lay on a sheet and two of these bed pads just in case there is any spillage. This mornings drain outputs were 40cc left and 30cc right. My pa used a lot of lipo fluid? and said between that my iv and antibiotic drip, it's all good. My left drain/side is most sensitive but I try to suck it up. Lol, I totally understand the sleeping deal!! My skin has gotten so clear!! I just graduated from my masters so I'm in love with the sleep. I've also made myself a little beauty camp kit so lots of face masks, exfoliants, teeth whitening, etc to take care of the rest of me while I recooperate!! I need to take some stool softener though.... I have not pooped in several days! Ahhh
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby jwagz » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:22 pm

carmensandiego & mamma5 about the itching.
i had TERRIBLE itching on my tummy and back. Once i started putting on a long cotton tank top on under all of my stuff it made such a HUGE difference! i had a CG plus a binder plus a post surgery bra from my BL.
i ended up stealing my husbands and made him go buy me a package for myself. just the "wife beater" tanks super cheap and such an amazing feeling to have something soft and breathable next to your skin.
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby mamma5 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:05 pm

I haven't had my binder off yet, but I did read about putting a tank on underneath. Thanks for that tip. Today is day 2 for me and my drains have very little fluid in them. And I have had no discomfort at the drain site. We milked the drains this a.m. and at this point I've had 5 cc out of the one side and 8 cc out the other (it around 3 p.m. now). Is that okay? I am in bed as well, with a couple big pillows... am I upright enough. I feel really well, should be seeing by PS tomorrow. Thanks so much for everyone's input, it is SO reassuring! OH and Carmen... I LOVE the spa in bed idea! What a great way to spend recovery!! I figure I am catching up on 9 years of sleep as have a houseful of little people normally needing me!!
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Jul 08, 2012 2:48 pm

Wait until tomorrow the same time and add up how much you are draining over 24 hours. If it is 20 or less I'd call the PS and let him know. No sense keeping them longer than you need to, although you don't want them out earlier than you are ready either. He will let you know where to go from there.
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby mamma5 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:05 pm

Annie, is it 20cc or less combined, or in each drain?
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:53 pm

Each drain. At least with me. I had four, and he took them out when each was under 15. I had two out at day 3, and the other two out at day 6. My incision is circumferential (lower body lift), so that's why I had 4 drains.
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby mamma5 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:03 pm

Thanks Annie...I was worried I should have more output, but that makes me feel better. From everything I have read the sooner I can get them out the better (obviously only if they are ready), but for comfort sake. I take my binder off tonight for the first time, for a shower and I am SO nervous to see my incision. I know I still have a long way to go, but I have been feeling so good so far and I just want to be realistically happy with what I see. I know it isn't the end result:) Thanks again for all your quick replies it is much appreciated!
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Re: What is normal drain output? 1 day post-op

Postby AnnieBeansprout » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:13 pm

No problem at all, and having low drainage is a good thing, so no worries.

Just be prepared, the incision is usually shocking at first. That's normal, so don't be nervous. Not only that, your belly will be covered with markings from your binder, lol. With any swelling at all the indentations really stick! Then there may be bad bruising... It is not going to be a lovely site looking at it that way. You need to look at the big picture and think ahead.;)
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