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Nope, no drain!

Just dissolvable stitches with steri strips over it and covered with transparent waterproof covering.

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I had a drain. It was the bane of my existence because there is no medical tape that could secure tubing designed not to allow surgical tape to adhere to it. I tried them all. I finally threw caution to the wind and found the solution: Duct tape. Angels sang. By the time I went for my follow-op Doc had to get through layers of duct tape just to talk to me.

Duct tape. I hear those angels sing every time I say it.

If it doesn't move when it should: WD40. If it moves when it shouldn't: Duct tape. :angels singing:

Most folks don't have a drain with their Gastric Bypass. But I recommend the duct tape for your surgical tape needs.

Good luck,

Tek

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it's not very common. I think it might have been more common back in the days when they did open surgeries, but now that most are done laproscopically, it's not commonly done. I did have them for my plastic surgeries, though.

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I had one for just two days after surgery. Was removed before going home (yuck, by the way, the feeling of it coming out 😖).

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I had one for two days after surgery as well. The nurse warned me before removal that it would be VERY unpleasant but I felt nothing at all! Taking out my IV however, that was another story.. 🤣

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