Drains make surgery safer

Written by: Dr. Rubén Fernández García-Guilarte
Published: | Updated: 19/11/2018
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Drains for breast surgical operation Surgical drains are tubes which are connected to a closed negative pressure container. Through these tubes few millimeters is achieved remove blood and other fluids after surgery, can accumulate around the breast implant.

These tubes have holes at its distal end which are placed in the prosthetic cavity. In contrast, at its proximal end it is the closed container, which accumulate that which is removed from this cavity.


Function drains

Surgical drains are particularly suitable in Plastic Surgery in case of anatomical breast implants used as they reduce the risk of rotation thereof, to obtain a dry cavity in which the coefficient of friction of the rough implant is greater.


Advantages and disadvantages of drainage

The advantages are essentially a draw: security.

A drain makes a much safer surgery because it reduces the risk of complications, the risk of rotation and displacement of implants, postoperative pain (since there is less stress on the breast), and detects a hematoma or blood pool considerable amount around the breast.

The only possible downside is that it can increase the risk of contamination of the implant and lead to a contracture. It is therefore very important to place them properly, not through the side of the breast but through the armpit. In this way germs can not access, since there is a distance of 4-5 cm between the outside and the prosthetic cavity.


Alternatives to drain

There is no alternative to the drain, or used or not used. Our policy is not to use them in case of a breast with round implants done, but always use that anatomical implants are used.

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Dr. Rubén Fernández García-Guilarte

By Dr. Rubén Fernández García-Guilarte
Plastic surgery

Dr. García-Guilarte is a leading plastic surgeon. Currently, he has a private practice dedicated especially to facial cosmetic surgery and breast reconstruction surgery, offering patients the most innovative techniques to achieve greater effectiveness and safety, the most natural results. His career makes him a doctor of first level, as has also participated in numerous conferences and symposia worldwide. His teaching vocation also puts you as the author of various national and international publications, including the two major journals in his specialty: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal (Am) and Journal of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (Eu).

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