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Drain Care: How to Take Care of Your Surgical Drain After an Abdominoplasty

Tummy tucks are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for a good reason; they help patients get a taut stomach and real results after just one surgery. By removing excess skin from the abdominal region, a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty can restore your stomach after something like a pregnancy or extreme weight loss. Once you are sent home and into recovery, Dr. Kenneth Dembny will place a drain in the incision site to help drain it of any extra fluids and speed up your recovery in the process. As an important part of your recovery, it’s important that you know how to take care of your drain so that it doesn’t get clogged or cause something worse, like an infection. Read on to learn more.


Milk Your Drain

The last thing you may have ever imagined yourself doing was milking a drain. And although a drain doesn’t have udders for you to grab hold of, you still need to get rid of any extra fluids in it to prevent it from clogging. When milking your drain, you are going to want to secure the tube to your body so that it doesn’t get pulled out. Holding the drain against your body with one hand, use the other hand to squeeze the tube and push the fluid downward. Continue to repeat the process until the drain is completely cleared. Try to do this about once a day.


Flush the Fluid

At the end of your drain is a little device called a bulb which stores all of the fluid once it has drained out of your body. And although the bulb can hold a relatively reasonable amount of fluid, you will still have to empty it a few times a day depending on how much fluid is being excreted from your body. We recommend that you empty the bulb when it is halfway full. To empty it, open the plug at the top of the bulb and empty out the contents into either a container or you can flush it down the toilet. Before you get rid of it, try to measure it and keep a log on your phone of the amount of fluid that’s being drained— this will help Dr. Dembny ensure that your body is draining enough fluid but not too much.


Taking care of your drain after an abdominoplasty will help to speed up your recovery and allow you to enjoy your results sooner than later. To learn more about how to take care of your drain or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Kenneth Dembny today!

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