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Instructions For Drain Care

Surgical drains are tubes placed near surgical incisions in the post-operative patient, to remove pus, blood, or other fluid, preventing it from accumulating in the body. The type of drainage system inserted is based on the needs of the patient, type of surgery, type of wound, amount of drainage expected, and surgeon preference.

A suction drain is a device that gently pulls fluid from your body. It’s used to prevent extra fluid from building up in your body after surgery or if you have an infection. If you are also facing any type of problem after your surgery then you must consult your surgeon for post-surgical drain through

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You must contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of the following:

Signs of infection, include:

  • Increased redness, pain, or swelling
  • Fever greater than 101° F (38.4° C)
  • Cloudy, yellow, or bad-smelling drainage

Please note that immediately after your surgery, the color and consistency will be similar to blood. This is normal. As your surgical site heals over the next several days, the drainage will change colors. It can progress to light pink, light yellow, or clear consistency. The drain will stay in place until less than 25 to 30 milliliters (ml) of fluid can be collected in a 24-hour period. This can take anywhere from 5 to 21 days, depending on the surgery. Everyone’s drainage is different.