- Question from Me: Hi! Good evening! My friend just had her operation and I think the drain is not working well. She would wake up soaked with blood from the drain. What do we do?
- Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. The drain can become clogged. Sometimes little bits of debris or clots can clog the drain. There's a technique to strip the drain. She probably ought to call the doctor or a nurse and they can help with the clog in the drain. I would add it's not dangerous having it leak out from the skin; it's just more of a nuisance than anything.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.
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