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Why do I need drainage tubes after a tummy tuck surgery?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
After your tummy tuck, you should expect to have drainage tubes. These may not be pleasant, but they are very necessary. After a large procedure like this, fluid may build up in the tissue, causing swelling. Allowing this fluid to drain through the tubes speeds the recovery process and adds to the comfort level of the patient. The tubes will remove fluid that is usually watery and reddish. You or your caregiver will empty the drainage every six hours. Once there is less than twenty-five cc's per day per tube, which is usually at least seven days, the tubes can be safely removed. Normally, they stay in place from seven to ten days.
The Beverly Hills Shape: The Truth About Plastic Surgery

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Dr. Stuart Linder, Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, specializes in body sculpting procedures in the heart of Beverly Hills, California. Dr. Linder has trained in both general...

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