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Drain Care 101: Tips for Properly Maintaining Your Post-Op Drain


Surgical drains are typically used after surgery to help remove excess fluid or blood from the surgical site. While drains are an important part of the post-operative recovery process, they require special care to prevent infection and promote healing. In this blog post, we will provide helpful tips on how to take care of your drain after surgery.


Follow Your Doctor's Instructions

Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your drain after surgery. It is important that you follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and prevent complications. Make sure to ask any questions or concerns you have about drain care before you leave the surgical center.


Keep the Drainage System Clean

To prevent infection, it is important to keep the drainage system clean. You should clean the area around the drain with soap and water daily, and use an antiseptic solution as directed by your doctor. Make sure to keep the drainage bag clean and dry, and empty it frequently to prevent backup.


Wear Loose Clothing

Wearing tight clothing can irritate the surgical site and cause discomfort. It is important to wear loose-fitting clothing that allows for easy access to the drain. Make sure to avoid any clothing that may cause pressure on the area around the drain.


Monitor Drainage Output

Your doctor may ask you to keep track of the amount of fluid or blood that is draining from the surgical site. It is important to monitor this output and notify your doctor if there is a sudden increase or decrease. It is important to monitor the output of the drains to ensure that the amount of fluid being removed is appropriate and to alert the healthcare provider if there are any concerns.


In general, the amount of fluid output from the drain will decrease over time as the body heals. Depending on the type of surgery and the specific drainage system used, your healthcare provider may have specific guidelines for when it is appropriate to remove the drains.


Keep the Drain in Place

It is important to keep the drain in place until your doctor gives you permission to remove it. Removing the drain too early can cause complications such as fluid buildup or infection. Make sure to follow your doctor's instructions on when to remove the drain.


Drain care after surgery requires attention to detail and following your doctor's instructions carefully.


You may choose to get your drain removed by a post-op care provider to minimize the risk of infection, reduce discomfort, and ensure proper healing. You may book your Drain Removal appointment here at Bodies of Atlanta.

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