Drain management

How long you will need to have your drains in will depend on how quickly your drain output gets down to the quantity indicated by your doctor.  Some people only need their drains for a few days and other people need them for a few weeks or more.  While you have your drains you may not be able to shower, but this is something you should discuss with your surgeon.

The drains are bulb shaped and have long tubes going up to your chest.  You will need something to hold the drains.  There are companies that make camisoles with built in drain holders, but there are also a lot of other options.  Below are some ideas.  You don’t need to use all of these, but you might want to have one or two options on hand because you probably won’t know what will work well until you actually have the drains.

  • Apron with pockets
  • Tool apron – such as those sold at Home Depot
  • Loose button down shirt with pockets sewn on the inside
  • Fleece vest with pockets on the inside – some fleece coats and vests have fabric on the inside that can be used as a pocket.  The pockets are usually the perfect size to hold a drain.
  • Make your own drain holder –  You Tube – Mastectomy Drain Holder