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Drain Care

Drain care is required 3 times per day immediately following surgery. Follow these instructions explicitly and record drainage as required, below. You must do this 3 times per day, and at any time the drainage bag is more than 1/3 full. You will be required to submit the drain log to Gary A. Tuma, MD, FACS for your patient record.

Cleansing the Drain Site

Check the skin around the drains for leakage or redness (a slight redness immediately around the tube is not unusual). If there is leakage, begin milking the tubes downward towards the bulb and continue milking every hour until leakage slows down. Attach the drainage bag to your clothes so that there is no tension on the insertion site.

Additional Instructions

Caution and Concern
Notify Gary A. Tuma, MD, FACS at (609) 394-6414 immediately if any of the following occur:

Dr. Gary A. Tuma | Two Capital Way, Suite 505 | Pennington, NJ 08534 | Phone: 609-537-7000 | Fax: 609-537-7070      
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