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I am having surgery on Tuesday (10/18) for a double mastectomy with reconstruction. How long will drains be in and are they difficult to live with until removal?

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Stage 1 Patient about 8 years
 
  • Donna Gray Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2011
    It is very important to peroxide the area where the drain goes into your side. It may pull if it tries to scab over too fast. You also may have some leakage around the entry site as well. If that happens tape gauze under the site. Use paper tape that will prevent you from getting irritated by latex medical tape. I am at the end of my mastectomy with nipple reconstruction. It is a long and hard journey but faith got me thru it. God bless you!!!
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  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 4 Paciente
    I'm going in on the 24th. I received a cami to hold the drains. Your insurance may cover them. They also may give you one at the hospital. Like Kathy said ther usually come out in 1-2 weeks. Good luck Jessica!
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  • Kathy M Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    The best thing is to get a surgical bra or cami which has straps to hold the drains. It helps a lot. Some hospitals give you one so try to find out before hand. I was at Sloan Kettering in NY and they gave me a few to take home. They are very uncomfortable but usually come out 1-2 weeks after surgery. I had three removed after one week and the fourth came out the second week. And the removal doesn't hurt because you will be numb. It just feels weird. Make sure you have some baggy zip up or button up shirts/sweatshirts. Remember to do your exercises that helps recovery a lot.
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  • Jessica Fisher Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 3A Paciente
    I going in on the 18th as well for a bilateral masectomy an reconstruction!! Good luck:)
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  • Adrienne private Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 3C Paciente
    Hi, Everyone is different of course. The amount of fluid that comes out is when they can remove the drains. It does not hurt when they are removed :-) the surgeon will give you measuring cups for when you empty the drains. Once the fluid coming out is little enough, then they can be removed. If taken out too soon, it can cause serum which will later be annoying and have to be drained. I was told women with larger breasts take longer to drain. Beforehand, you can prepare by having needed items at home, or where recovering, lower than your shoulders. You can't put hands over head! We bought loose button front pj tops-- I lived in those! We sewed pockets to the inside of the pj tops for the drains. On one we just used double sided tape and a square of fabric to put pockets onto a shirt (button down) for me to wear. The cami with pockets was ok but tight. I didn't need tight since did not have immediate reconstruction. I used baby wipes for cleaning self since you cannot really shower with drains. They are a pain, but you also get used to them. Good luck!
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  • Karen Schroeder Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 1 Paciente
    Thanks everyone good luck to you too.Jessica!
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Debbie Stanley Profile
    anónimo
    Stage 2B Paciente
    I had my Dbl mastectomy w reconstruction on Oct31st and had 4 drains. By my 2nd week I had 1 left. I did have a small complication at the 2nd week though o
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    • Debbie Stanley Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      .... One of my surgical sites had trouble healing due to real thin skin after proactive scraping of breast tissue and I was read mutated at 2nd week. The expander was exposed which my plastic surgeon said is rare. He operated and put another in...

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      .... One of my surgical sites had trouble healing due to real thin skin after proactive scraping of breast tissue and I was read mutated at 2nd week. The expander was exposed which my plastic surgeon said is rare. He operated and put another in and has been treating me with a few antibiotics and seeing me frequently. Alls getting better now. This was my 3rd week after original surgery and I have 2 new drains in where second surgery was performed so I'm set back a few weeks. Arms just now moving a little free and w less pain. All well worth being ahead of the cancer.

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    • Debbie Stanley Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2B Patient

      *****readmitted****** 2nd week. Please forgive typo

      almost 7 years Flag

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