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Managing Your Surgical Drains Following Breast Surgery

Saturday , 28, May 2022 Comments Off on Managing Your Surgical Drains Following Breast Surgery

The surgical drains are responsible for keeping fluid from accumulating in the incision area. Fluid can cause infection by accumulating in wounds. It can cause inflammation, pressure, and disruption to healing.

One or more surgical drains will be required to remove fluid from the wound(s) if you have a mastectomy, reconstruction, or another type of surgery. To know more about the surgical drains, you must refer to

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Two drainage tubes will be required if you have a mastectomy as well as a lymph node dissection.

A drainage tube is not necessary if you are having a surgical or sentinel node biopsy. A drainage tube is usually not required after a lumpectomy. This is except when a lymphnode dissection is performed at the same time. If this is the case the surgeon will make an incision about 2 to 3 inches deep under your arm.

There are many types of surgical drains. The most common and easiest for breast surgery is the Jackson-Pratt system. It has been around since the 1970s.

It is made up of flexible tubing that has been attached to a soft-plastic bulb with a stopper. A flat, white drainage end of the tubing should be inserted into a small hole near your surgical cut. Then, a stitch will hold it in place. The tube's remaining length is outside of your body, and it is attached to the bulb that catches and holds the fluid. The constant suction required to draw out fluid from your surgical incision is caused by the vacuum created when the stopper and bulb are compressed.