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Why Drains are Used After Breast Reduction Surgery

January 31st, 2014 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD

 

Jackson Pratt drainSan Francisco, California-Drainage tubes are placed at the end of several different major types of cosmetic plastic surgery, including but not limited to: gynecomastia (male breast reduction), tummy tuck surgeryand breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty.

The purpose of a drain is to remove blood and lymphatic fluid from the operative site. This will help prevent infection and eliminate dead space created by removal of fat and breast tissue. Removing the accumulated fluids will also promote healing and recovery.

Jackson Pratt is the type of drain used after breast reduction surgery. It has a clear tube that runs from the surgical site to a bulb or reservoir. When the bulb is emptied it is gently squeezed when reattaching to the drain tube causing a low negative pressure suction that helps remove fluids. You will be asked to keep a log to measure output and color of the fluid.

Creating Suction

 

Prior to surgery, Dr. Delgado’s patients are given a detailed instruction booklet with extensive pre and post-operative instructions. In addition, prior to being released from Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, in Marin County, California, the nurse will review all post op care, including a demonstration of measuring and emptying the bulb to you and your overnight caretaker. The amount of drainage and color of the fluid will determine when the drain can be removed, usually within 3 to 5 days.

If the patient notices: an unusual increase of fluid collection, bright red blood, fever and/or tenderness it must be reported immediately. It is possible for the drain tube to get blocked with a small blood clot. This can be remedied by pinching the tube above the blockage and sliding with a pinching of the thumb and forefinger of the other hand down the tube to the bulb. This will also be demonstrated.

The removal of the drain may cause some discomfort of a burning or stinging nature. Taking pain medication prior to removal is possible as long as the patient has someone to drive her home.

After removal of the drains, the small incision site will close up within 24 to 48 hours. Once they have closed up they are now waterproof and the patient may resume regular showers. However, while the drains are still in place, only sponge baths are allowed, and the incision site must remain dry to avoid infection.

Even with the minor discomfort that the drains may cause, they serve a great purpose in not only reducing the chance of infection, speeding up healing and recovery; they prohibit the buildup of fluids in the surgical site which would be much more painful.

Dr. Delgado has been serving the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, San Jose and Los Angeles since 1988. Call or email today at (415) 898-4161 for a personal or virtual consultation with Dr. Delgado for breast reduction surgery.

Haute MD Invites Dr. Miguel Delgado to Join Their Select Group of Doctors

April 30th, 2013 Miguel A. Delgado Jr, MD


 

 

San Francisco, California-Haute MD is an upscale internet publication with current articles on health and beauty trends. This trusted online publication offers readers concierge access to premiere cosmetic specialists around the country. Dr. Delgado was selected for his exceptional reputation and talents in plastic surgery, with emphasis on surgical procedures of the body, such as; breast augmentation, breast reduction, tummy tuck, mommy makeover, and gynecomastia.

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