Are drains supposed to hurt?
For the most part, drains are not painful to have in place, but they can cause discomfort depending on the size and location. Typically, the pain is mild, but the larger the drain, the greater the likelihood that it will cause pain.
How do you deal with a mastectomy drain?
Pour normal saline on a clean Q-tip and cleanse around the drain. Wipe up the excess saline with gauze. Using another Q-tip put the antibiotic ointment or Polysporin around the drain site. Place clean gauze over the drain site and tape it in place with medical tape.
Why does my mastectomy hurt?
Surgery in the upper part of the breast and underarm area can injure nerves that provide feeling in the breast, chest wall, and arm. This causes burning, tingling, shooting, stinging, or stabbing sensations, typical for neuropathic pain. You may also develop an increased sensitivity to normal things.
How do you sleep with a mastectomy drain?
When you go to sleep at night, pay attention to the location of your drains. If you are an active sleeper, you may need to sleep on your back or in a recliner to prevent dislodging them.
How long does it take a drain hole to heal?
The wound will take about 1 to 2 weeks to heal, depending on the size of the abscess. Healthy tissue will grow from the bottom and sides of the opening until it seals over.
Do Jackson Pratt drains hurt?
The JP drain site may be painful. You may have trouble lying on the side with your JP drain. Your JP drain site may leak. The JP drain may be pulled out by accident.
How long will I have pain after mastectomy?
Right after the surgery, you will probably feel weak, and you may feel sore for 2 to 3 days. You may feel pulling or stretching near or under your arm. You may also have itching, tingling, and throbbing in the area. This will get better in a few days.
What does mastectomy pain feel like?
The classic symptoms of PMPS are pain and tingling in the chest wall, armpit, and/or arm. Pain may also be felt in the shoulder or surgical scar. Other common complaints include: numbness, shooting or pricking pain, or unbearable itching. Most women with PMPS say their symptoms are not severe.
How long do drainage tubes stay in after mastectomy?
The surgeon closes the skin with stitches and puts in 1-2 tubes (surgical drains) so fluid from the wound can drain out (see image below). The drain(s) stays in for about a week to 10 days after surgery.