Most people are familiar with the concept of surgical drainage, but not everyone knows what a post-surgery drain is or how it works. A post-surgery drain is a medical device that is inserted into the body after certain types of surgery to remove fluid from the surgical site. The drain helps to prevent infection and promote healing by keeping the area clean and dry.
If you have had surgery, you may have had an after-surgical drainage device (also called a post-surgery drain) placed to help remove fluid from the surgical site. The most common type of drainage device is a Penrose drain, which is a small tube that is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The other type of drainage device is called a Jackson-Pratt drain, which consists of a small tube with multiple side holes that are inserted through a slightly larger incision in the skin.
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Both types of drainage devices are connected to a suction device that helps to remove the fluid from the surgical site. The suction device can be either an electric pump or a gravity-based system. The Jackson-Pratt drain is often used for surgeries where there is a lot of fluid expected to drain from the surgical site, such as abdominal or pelvic surgery. The Penrose drain is typically used for smaller surgeries, such as breast surgery.
Your surgeon will give you specific instructions on how to care for your drainage device. It is important to keep the area around the drainage device clean and dry to prevent infection. You will also need to empty the drainage device several times a day and record the amount of fluid.
No matter which type of drain you have, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions for care. This will help ensure that your drain works properly and prevents any complications.