• I just had breast cancer-reconstruction surgery about 5 weeks ago. I had 6 drain bags in me. (3rd surgery after double mastectomy)

    Asked by Angel_1 on Sunday, December 16, 2012

    I just had breast cancer-reconstruction surgery about 5 weeks ago. I had 6 drain bags in me. (3rd surgery after double mastectomy)

    The nurse was able to take 4 drainage bags from me during the course of the month. The 5th one was running at 37 for one day. She mistakenly took it off, but it was not under 30 for 3 days as the doctor requested. The sixth drainage tube was running around 37-40. Now, two weeks later it has increased to 105 cc in 24 hr period. I was hoping to have had this removed because I am worried now about infection since this coming week will be 6 weeks of having drainage tubes in me. Has anyone had this problem and what do you do for this? The drainage is yellow coloring.

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I was lucky, I only had 2 drains post bilat and PS took them out early as I was developing a seroma....I will I could help, but I would call your surgeon and have him/her take a look.....All the best to you

      almost 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      My surgeon didn't want them in for more than 2 weeks because of the risk of infection. I had 6 to start with, 4 removed at 3 weeks and the other replaced and then removed after another 2 weeks. Since you one remaining drain is still producing a very high amount after 6 weeks, I would definitely check with surgeon to see what needs to be done.

      almost 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      As long as the yellow is not cloudy, I think you're alright. Of course, you should definitely check with your health care providers. Also, watch for hotness around the area or redness around the area...

      One thing I do know is that the drainage does increase with activity level. So, if you saw and increase... well, I wonder if you have been more active? Also, I think that drains stay in longer with reconstruction versus no reconstruction. I had just the bilateral mastectomy... and I had drains for only 10 days.

      Sucks to have them for so long!

      Good luck....

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      When I had back surgery my drainage tube was in 6 weeks. The yellowish color isn't right and you should see your doctor immediately. They want that fluid to be a pinkish color. Yellow usually means an infection. So please see your doctor right away.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Also, when I had my double mastectomy I had drains in each side and then a dain on each side of the lower belly where they took the flaps to do the reconstruction. After about 3 weeks 3 of them were removed, but there was one side of the belly that was still producing sanoma of about 30cc or more. That one came out on week 4 and the doctor started using what they call string to draw the sanoma out into the dressing. I also had to wear a pressure belt to help the sanoma slow down on its buildup. Each person is different, but you should still see your doctor.

      almost 4 years ago

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