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After a bilateral mastectomy 8 days ago, the drains are still coming out very dark red. Is that normal or should they be starting to clear up by now? (and the left sides output is always double the right side)

Jessica Fisher Profile
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Stage 3A Patient over 8 years
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Jessica. You might want to call your surgeon and ask. I just had my bilateral mastectomy Monday and my drain fluid is a little lighter now. One side drains more with me as well. Yours is probably ok but it might not hurt to check in just to be on the safe side. :)
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Jessica Fisher Profile
    Stage 3A Patient
    Thanks so much ladies guess I worried myself for nothing they both came out yesterday:) ahhh what a relief to be rid of those annoying things!!! One step closer to being back to myself again:)
    over 8 years Comment Flag
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi Jessica, yes this can be very normal. My right drain stayed in for Two weeks, and my left drain had a much darker color draining from it, and it was in for 4 weeks. Good luck, hang in there!
    over 8 years Comment Flag
  • Joy Nash Profile
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    i see this is an old post but i had the same question so i'll reply for the next person who might see it. i asked the doctor today and they said it is normal because we start to get more active and move around more.
    almost 6 years Comment Flag

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