Many women have voiced concern over the use of drains after their breast revision surgery. They have heard stories how they are bulky, somewhat awkward to manage and painful when the tubes are pulled out.
Understanding the Need for Drains
They are a little cumbersome, but only take a few minutes to empty. There is a slight burning sensation that only lasts seconds when they are removed. Understanding the need for drains and what they can accomplish makes the 2 to 3 days of having drains tolerable.
The Jackson Pratt is the most common type of drain; its purpose is to remove fluid by mild suction from the surgery site. There is a clear tube that goes from the surgical site to a small bulb. The bulb needs to be emptied periodically and then gently squeezing it when reattaching it to the tube makes a suction to aid in the removal of fluids. Fluids that collect inside of the body can increase the chance of infection or other complications. The use of drains promotes healing and recovery.
Measure Color and Amount of Fluid
By monitoring the amount of fluid, and the color gives the surgeon valuable information on how you are healing. Serosanguinous is the most common type of drainage. It is usually thin, watery, and pink to darker red in color, which is caused by red blood cells in the fluid. On the other hand, purulent exudate, is thick, opaque and sometimes tan, yellow, green or brown, and associated with infection or high levels of bacteria.
It is normal for a small amount of drainage during the inflammatory stage of healing. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has his patients keep a log to document the output of fluids and the color. Patients are instructed to notify Dr. Delgado if any of the following should occur:
• An increase of discharge that is green or yellow or brown
• A noticeable change in the odor of the discharge
• Increase in pain
Dr. Delgado Has More Than 25 Years of Experience
Some surgeons use drains, and some do not. Dr. Delgado has more than 25 years of experience, and he believes in using drains for certain procedures to help with healing and fewer chances of infection.
If you are having any concerns about your breast implants, call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado.