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Anyone had a drain before??? Anyone had a drain before???

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Unread 03-26-2003, 10:29 PM
Anyone had a drain before???

Hi Ladies,

I had a laparotomy Thursday to have granuloma's removed and an incisional hernia and inguinal hernia repaired. I have a drain that is located in the groin area. One of the wonderful ladies in chat this evening called it a "Jackson-Pratt" drain I believe.

My question: I have noticed that the drain is rather red around it, kind of a dark red but has no streaks or discharge or anything and doesn't hurt other than to be slightly uncomfortable which I think is to be expected. I have no fever and I am on anti-biotics. I saw the doc yesterday and he didn't comment on it but it is redder today then it was yesterday. I go back to the doctor on Monday. Seeing how I am already on anti-biotics and I have no fever should I just leave well enough alone? I don't want to be a pain in the rump, I called them so many times prior to surgery with concerns and they were always patient with me BUT I guess I am thinking since I'm already on anti-biotics and all........ there really isn't anything that he would do anyway...am I right? Gee, nothing like making a short story long...sorry about that.

One more thing: How much of this tubing is actually inside of me? I keep thinking that it is going to come out? Is it well inside of me or is it just at the edge? Thanks in advance to anyone who has some experience with these things.

's and well wishes to all.

Dawn
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Unread 03-27-2003, 11:09 AM
Anyone had a drain before???

Hi Dawn,

I never had a drain, but I wanted to send some gentle hugs your way.

I think you should call your doc, just to be on the safe side. You're right ... it could be nothing. But it will ease your mind just to call and confirm. I would call and ask to speak with a nurse ... describe the redness, just like you have here, and also ask her about how much of the drain is inside and whether or not it could fall out. I know you think you've called a lot already ... but you are under your doc's care so it's reasonable to be calling with questions.

Let us know what you find out and how you are doing.

Beth
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