Many of you might already have any idea about when a surgical drain is placed. Usually, it is attached after a person goes through some surgeries. It is used to collect the fluid after the surgery, and it also helps in fast healing without any complications. As the meaning of the drain does the same work, it removes fluid from the body. It also helps in reducing the pain of surgery. Let us learn some more information about surgical drains.

surgical drains

  • There are many different types of drains in the medical department. Which drain has to be used depends upon the type of surgery the patient has undergone. Some patients can have more than one drain attached after the surgery based on the complications. For example, when open-heart surgery is done a small bulb-like drain is attached near the heart.
  • Generally, the drain will not cause any pain to the patient, but yes it can cause some discomfort depending upon where it is placed. If the size of the drain is big then there is a chance of having little pain because of the drain. In many heart surgery cases, it has been noticed that the patient compliant that the chest tubes are very uncomfortable.
  • You must be very careful if you have been sent home with the drain. There is the chance that the drain can by mistake get removed. And when you are trying to touch the drain make sure that you wash your hand and never take bath in the tubes until the wound s completely healed. But make sure that you clean the area where the drain is attached gently with soap and rinse it completely.
  • When the fluid stop coming out then you can visit the doctor. So that they can check the condition and if needed will remove the drain.


Finally, be very careful until the drain is attached as if it did not take care then there may be more complications.