What Are Different Types of Drainage From a Surgical Wound?

Surgical drains are tubes that are placed at the incisions of a post-operative patient to drain pus, blood, or any other fluid. They prevent it from building up in the body.

The ability to drain a surgical wound from the skin can reveal a lot about how well it is healing. Let's take a closer look at ordinary drainage after surgery.

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Clear Drainage

A serious exudate is a fluid that has clear, thin, and watery drainage. This fluid is common in wounds that are still in their early stages of healing. It is usually found in the 48-72 hours following the incision.

Although this is common in small amounts, it should be reported to your surgeon or another healthcare provider if you notice a lot of it. Serous fluid can sometimes seep from the skin in some cases. This is even if there has been no trauma or incision.

This is usually due to severe trauma or a medical condition.

A slightly pinky drainage

Serosanguineous drainage consists of thin, watery drainage. It's composed of small amounts of blood and a clear yellowish fluid called the serum. Because of the small number of red blood cells present, this drainage can appear pink.

The blood is only in small quantities in this early stage of healing. This is why you may see some discharge. Serum can appear pink if there is a small amount of blood in it.