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Unread 02-09-2003, 05:52 PM

What's it like to have a drain in the incision? What's appropriate dress for the occasion? And does it hurt when they take it out??


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Unread 02-10-2003, 10:22 AM

Hi Joselle. I'm not sure if my drains were the same as yours, but I can tell you about mine.

I woke up from surgery with 4 drains all located at the lowest pt of my abdomin. They were there mostly for the excess lymphatic fluids since I had 32 of the lymph nodes removed.

While they were in: no discomfort. It was just difficult making sure the drain bags stayed near me when I rolled over or stood up. One time one of the bags got caught on the handrail and when I stood up, it pulled me back down.

Getting them out: 3 of them were relatively short tubes. I just had to breath in deeply and when I exhaled the nurse pulled them out quickly. It wasn't painful. The last one was about 18 inches long so it took 2 inhales/2 exhales to deal with that one. A little pain, maybe a 3 on a 1-10 scale. I'd say the most uncomfortable thing was having the stitches cut (they hold the drain in place). Of course, I had a student nurse learning how to do that, so I'm not sure if that is normal.

This is probably more info than you wanted. I tend to ramble on and on...

take care,
Unread 02-10-2003, 01:27 PM
Thanks for the info

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for the information. But you forgot to tell me about your wardrobe!

I know I'll have a drain in the incision (using the whole hyster incision to explore for hernias) at least while I'm in the hospital but it sounds like it will also stay in for awhile after I come home. The shorter time the better, but I think it depends on how much drainage there is. I will have a catheter probably too, but just for a day I bet. I remember juggling all those tubes when I had the hyster, but they were all gone by the time I came home. I never had anything but a nightgown on. I don't want to wear a nightgown home!! AT home maybe, but not for the waltz through the hospital and out to the car! Although dh got be a beautiful and warm bathrobe for Christmas, so what the heck.


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