How long do you keep drains in after top surgery?

Surgeons follow different guidelines on this, but drains are usually removed when the fluid output is below 20cc – 30cc for a couple of days. In Top Surgery patients, this takes about 5-7 days.

Can you feel surgical drains?

Having a drain removed usually does not hurt, but it can feel rather odd as the tubing slides out of the body. The incision is then covered with a dressing or left open to the air.

What color should drainage be after top surgery?

The amount of fluid collected by the drain is related to the extent of the surgical procedure. This means, the more extensive the procedure, the more fluid is produced. The color of the fluid usually begins as cranberry (blood tinged) and as the days after surgery go by, the color becomes pink or yellow.

Do top surgery drains hurt?

Do they hurt? The placement of drains is intended to limit discomfort, healing complications, and scarring. The way our surgeons place the drains usually makes them pain free.

How can I speed up my drainage after surgery?

Ten Tips to Speed up Post-Op Recovery

  1. Reduce salt.
  2. No Gatorade.
  3. Increase protein.
  4. Decrease Sugar.
  5. Eat small amounts many times throughout the day.
  6. Wine works as a diuretic, so consuming a glass of wine 2-3 weeks post-operatively may be helpful for post-surgical swelling.
  7. Consume a quality probiotic.
  8. Walk.

What does an infected JP drain look like?

It is important to watch the skin around the drain for signs of possible infection: increased redness, pain, or swelling; fever greater than 101 °F; cloudy yellow, tan, or foul-smelling drainage. Any closed suction drain system, like the Jackson-Pratt, can become clogged with fibrin or clot.

Can top surgery scars go away?

You can reduce your risks by closely following your physician’s advice both before and after surgery. The procedure does leave noticeable, permanent scars. The scars fade with time, but never disappear completely. Poor healing and less favorable scars are more common in smokers.

Do I have to be on T to get top surgery?

Do I need to be on testosterone before I can get Top Surgery? No, WPATH Standards of Care do not require hormone therapy to be eligible for Top Surgery.

How long after top surgery Can I sleep on my side?

General Recovery Sleep on your back for the first 2 weeks of your recovery period. At this point you may sleep on your side. Avoid any heavy lifting or intense exercise that involves the upper body during this time.

What kind of drains do you use after surgery?

The Jackson-Pratt (JP) is a medical device more commonly referred to in the top surgery world as ‘drains’. The device draws out fluid that collects under your incisions after your surgery.   Ultimately, drains are very effective to reduce the risk of having a fluid collection under the skin after surgery.

What do drains do after FTN top surgery?

Ultimately, drains are very effective to reduce the risk of having a fluid collection under the skin after surgery. These fluid collections are called “seromas”, and the information below will teach you more about seromas. All of Dr. Mosser’s FTM/FTN top surgery techniques involve meticulous chest contouring.

What happens to the drains after breast surgery?

After you have had breast surgery, surgical drains perform an important role in healing. Fluid often builds up in the area where a breast is removed, and if this fluid is not removed it can result in painful pressure and delay healing.

How many drains do you need after a mastectomy?

Surgeries which require drains are those in which fluid is expected to collect during healing. Drains are usually required following a mastectomy or reconstructive surgery. You may have only one drain, though you may have five or more if you have a bilateral mastectomy with immediate reconstruction.