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Old 02-17-2011, 03:12 PM   #1
 
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drain tubes?

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i was wondering if anyone had drain tubes inserted after there surgery? a couple of girls who have had the same surgeon that im going to sue said that he likes to use them as it helps speed up the recovery! im thinking its not really necessary though?
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i did not have tubes. i think it would have freaked me out if i did.
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my PS said he has never used the drains (or the strap) on any of his BA patients. I was very glad as I didn't want to have them.
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I had drainage tubes after my first BA but not the last two. My first PS felt that there was too much fluid in the pockets and based on what I saw come out over the 48 hours they were in place, I'm glad he did it. It was a tad annoying to have them in and felt a little weird coming out but, for me, it beats having to go back in to drain a seroma.
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I had the drain tubes and I was really glad that I did when I saw how much blood drained out into them. They are gross though.
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ughhh, i had the drains for all 4 of my boob surgeries. they are gross and annoying and do even hurt a bit when they are removed. it ultimately depends on your doctor and situation if you will have them or not...
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thanks makes me feel a bit better going in knowing i might come out with them, being a nurse i know exactly what they are and what they are like, everyone complains about them!
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When i get my ba in a few weeks I will have them, and it does not really bother me as it's only for 2 days. If it was a week or something it would definitly be annoying. My ps also said it will speed up the recovery as it drains the built up fluid so you won't be as swollen ect...
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yeah i have heard it speeds up the recovery! at least thats a plus!
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I did not have them but if I had needed theM I would chose them over a giant hematoma
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drain tubes

I am 13 day post op and had drain tubes for 5 days. It was nothing. They really help with swelling and healing faster. I would recommend having them. I was so freaked out about having them and it was not that bad. It did not hurt when they took them out. Hope this helps.
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I am 13 day post op and had drain tubes for 5 days. It was nothing. They really help with swelling and healing faster. I would recommend having them. I was so freaked out about having them and it was not that bad. It did not hurt when they took them out. Hope this helps.
I talked with my PS yesterday and was told anywhere from like 3 days to a week. Ewwww, but oh well...I like the idea that you heal faster :-D
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Normally mine doesn't but today, 12 days after my surgery, I had to have one placed because I had a small hematoma and honestly I wouldn't have minded one in the first place. It gets rid of the pressure and I takes the swelling down to hardly anything. It would have saved me a lot of pain!
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Normally mine doesn't but today, 12 days after my surgery, I had to have one placed because I had a small hematoma and honestly I wouldn't have minded one in the first place. It gets rid of the pressure and I takes the swelling down to hardly anything. It would have saved me a lot of pain!
Who's your surgeon? I'm in Utah as well. :-)

Although I HATE drains, I'll take them if it means a quicker and better recovery.
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I actually feel better about having drains! My PS said that by not using drains you can create a thicker scar tissue from all the old blood sitting in there.

He also said that sometimes with anatomicals they can actually turn around as they are sloshing around in there!
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What they look like...

I had them for the first 24 hours. When they would come out was based on how much fluid was draining. The "bulbs" you see at the end of my drainage tubes have measurement lines on them. My husband would check them several times a day, note the amount, and empty them. (He's like me in that we couldn't care less or think they're especially gross.) At my 24 hour post-op, my surgeon asked him how much was now draining, and she determined that it was dwindling down enough that I could have them out then. It did not hurt, but I was pretty looped on pain killers and exhausted. I really don't remember it, but DH says I told him it didn't hurt.

I'd have them again. I appreciated not having all that fluid accumulation and swelling.

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I cant believe this thread is still getting replies, i had my surgery almost 2months ago and i had drain tubes for 2days. They helped so much!! So glad i did have them, i had no swelling at all, they completely drained all the excess fluid!
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You look absolutely fabulous =D
My PS doesn't normally use drainage tubes. Do you think I should insist?

I thought PS only use drainage tubes when the create pockets via the blunt technique.. will need to ask my PS
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I woke up with drain tubes after surgery. I didn't even know I was going to have them! It was never discussed before so I was quite surprised to wake up with them. They're very easy to care for. My boyfriend emptied them that night after the surgery and then once before I went back to the doctor the next morning. The worst part was having them taken out.
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on all of the consults i went to, none of the doctors used drain tubes for FIRST TIME breast augmentations. They said the doctors that use drain tubes over dissect and therefore they need the drain tubes to draw the blood out. I would be wayyy to scared to have tubes in me. I was also told by the dr.'s that they leave a scar
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