Surgical Drains

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Dr. Vishnu Rumalla explains what you need to know about post-surgical drains, which can be a key part of your recovery process. He discusses each part of the drain, how they work, and how to remove collected fluid. If you're ever confused about the process, we invite you to refer back to this video or reach out to the Tarrant Plastic Surgery team at any time.

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1 00:00:13.320 --> 00:00:14.010 Good morning. 2 00:00:14.343 --> 00:00:17.900 Today we have an instructional video about drains. 3 00:00:18.129 --> 00:00:19.770 Drains are a super important part 4 00:00:19.970 --> 00:00:22.460 of many different surgeries and plastic surgery. 5 00:00:22.786 --> 00:00:25.756 I want you to see the different components of these drains 6 00:00:25.757 --> 00:00:28.771 and understand how you will be taking care of them at home. 7 00:00:28.929 --> 00:00:30.940 This is called a reservoir, 8 00:00:30.970 --> 00:00:34.460 and in the reservoir is where the fluid is collected. 9 00:00:34.929 --> 00:00:42.100 The tube in between continues to a portion that's inside of your body. 10 00:00:42.671 --> 00:00:46.143 The actual drain has something called channels or flutes 11 00:00:46.200 --> 00:00:50.020 that the fluid gathers and then enters this drain. 12 00:00:50.443 --> 00:00:52.947 These drains work through suction. 13 00:00:53.429 --> 00:00:57.660 Jamie is pinching that to represent it being inside of the body. 14 00:00:57.680 --> 00:01:01.420 The way to use this drain is you open, 15 00:01:01.450 --> 00:01:07.740 pour into a cup the fluid which will be provided to you, 16 00:01:08.043 --> 00:01:10.257 and then you're going to know how much fluid 17 00:01:10.258 --> 00:01:11.840 by measuring it on that cup. 18 00:01:12.300 --> 00:01:17.139 The most important part of the drain is then what we call recharging the drain 19 00:01:17.140 --> 00:01:18.480 after you've emptied it. 20 00:01:18.510 --> 00:01:22.321 You're going to squeeze, the reservoir closed 21 00:01:22.929 --> 00:01:24.929 by putting the two edges together 22 00:01:24.930 --> 00:01:28.520 and collapsing it and putting this lid back on. 23 00:01:28.550 --> 00:01:33.930 When you have completed the process, the drain should be holding suction. 24 00:01:34.714 --> 00:01:37.482 If for some reason there is a hole in the tube, 25 00:01:38.071 --> 00:01:42.829 a hole in the reservoir or for some reason the tube has pulled out of you, 26 00:01:44.043 --> 00:01:45.443 the drain will inflate. 27 00:01:45.990 --> 00:01:51.930 This is an immediate conversation that you need to have with your plastic surgeon. 28 00:01:52.400 --> 00:01:55.985 You will be provided with written instructions on this process as well, 29 00:01:55.986 --> 00:01:59.040 but please refer to this video if you're having questions. 30 00:01:59.286 --> 00:02:06.120 Thank you.

Dr. Vishnu Rumalla

Tarrant Plastic Surgery

Dr. Vishnu Rumalla is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving patients throughout the Greater Fort Worth area. He is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery

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