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.
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.