Are Drains Necessary for FTM TOP Surgery?
The purpose of drains is to remove and collect blood and other fluids that can accumulate in the chest after TOP surgery. Drains also prevent a buildup of dead space. If fluids and dead space are not managed, infections or other complications can occur. These complications can interfere with healing and cause swelling and pain.
The Need For Drains
The drain is a plastic tube that leads from the incision site to a plastic bulb that collects the fluids. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. determines the needs for drains on a case by case basis depending on the amount of contouring and undermining that is needed. If a lot of undermining is necessary, the more likely is the need for drains to prevent the formation of a hematoma or seroma.
The drains will remain in place until the output of fluid drops to 20cc or below, usually in just a few days. Removal of the tubes is a little uncomfortable but only takes a few seconds
Limit Activity With Drains in Place
While the drains are in place, Dr. Delgado advises patients to limit the amount of activity with your upper body to reduce the output of fluids.
You will receive comprehensive post-operative instructions including the emptying and maintenance of the drains.
If you are thinking about TOP surgery, call today (415) 898-4161 for a consultation with Dr. Delgado and learn more about your options.
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