When a patient has a tummy tuck, they may experience fluid collection around the belly button. This is called seroma. Seromas are small pockets of fluid that occur because of the body’s natural response to injuries. Seromas usually occur when the body tries to wall off the injury and build scar tissue to protect itself from infection. However, in some cases, seromas can become infected and cause inflammation. If you have used drains following surgery, you should know what to expect from them and how you should treat them if they become infected.
Drains are tubes inserted into your body during surgery so that any fluids that accumulate after surgery can be drained away naturally through the tube instead of having them collect in your body cavity or organs where they could cause damage or infection if not removed quickly enough before they begin causing problems for your recovery process afterwards later down the road once everything settles down again afterwards after being treated properly first before moving on forwards then later onwards next time round again later next time round again later on again.
Overview of Tummy Tuck Drains Yellow Fluid
A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that helps to tighten skin and reduce excess fat around the abdomen. A tummy tuck can help you lose weight and make your stomach look more toned and firm. The procedure is also known as abdominoplasty or liposuction of the abdomen.
The Surgery Process
During your tummy tuck surgery, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat from your lower abdominal area. If necessary, they will also remove loose or stretched-out muscles from this area. The surgeon will then pull together the remaining skin on your lower abdomen (your fascia) and sew it together with stitches. This creates a new fold in the lower part of your abdomen that gives you a flatter stomach appearance and makes it easier for you to exercise.
After Surgery Recovery
After surgery, you may feel tired but should be able to go home after one day in the hospital or clinic. Your doctor will give you instructions about how much pain medication you can take during recovery and how often you should take it. It’s important that you follow these instructions exactly so that both sides of your body heal properly and without complications such as infections or bleeding inside tissues (hemorrhage).
Tummy Tuck Drains Yellow Fluid Review
Drainage will gradually taper following tummy tuck surgery. It will initially appear bloody over the first few days. Drainage will darken over time as bleeding stops and old blood is drained from the surgical site. The fluid then gradually changes to a clear yellow or pink-tinged hue, which is omaous drainage. Drains are usually removed when draining 30cc or less over a few consecutive days. Most commonly the drain with lower output is removed at approximately one week post-operatively. The second drain is usually removed the following week when drainage has tapered appropriately. Drains may be left in place for a longer time period if required in some cases.
What may happen if drains after tummy tuck are removed too early?
If drains after tummy tuck are removed too early, there may be increased risk of seroma formation (fluid collection). Almost all patients after tummy tuck will develop a small seroma if investigated using ultrasound. If a seroma is clinically apparent, there are different options. A small collection will likely resorb on its own and may not require treatment. If large or symptomatic, it may be aspirated during a follow up visit. If concerns regarding an infected seroma develop, drainage would be urgently required in addition to wound care as healing progresses. Drains and the abdominal compression binder are an important combination to lower risk of fluid accumulation at the surgical site after tummy tuck.
What if drains after tummy tuck are removed too late?
If drains are left in place too long after tummy tuck, this may promote ongoing drainage. It may also increase risk of developing an infection. Dr. Power will closely monitor drain output and will remove the drains as soon as possible when medically indicated. Prophylactic antibiotics may be prescribed when drains are in place, which will be discussed during your pre-operative visit.