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Drain tube after ADCF surgery?

I am getting ADCF surgery in a week and had a friend of mine send me her pics to help explain the after to my kids. She had lots of pics of her scar as it healed and pics of her in the hospital. In one pic while she was still in the hospital she had a tube sticking out of the bottom of the gauze covering her incision on her neck which she said was a drain tube that they removed before she left the hospital.

Is it normal to have a drain tube below your incision after ADCF surgery while in the hospital? Just curious and want to prepare my husband who can be a bit squeamish if so.

Thank you!



  • I have a drain tube after my ACDF, it was removed the next day before I was discharged.
  • I also had a drain tube that was removed 2 days after fusion surgery
    Spinal stenosis with neurogenic clauducation
    3 level retrolisthesis
    Bilateral Laminectomy/Discectomy surgery l3/l4 on 11-21-14 (failed)
    L3/l4 spinal Fusion 03-20-15
  • Asil65AAsil65 Posts: 112
    edited 04/30/2015 - 11:43 AM
    Hmm, my insurance considers this day surgery supposed to be out in 23 hours. Be interested to see if there is a drain tube.
  • Hi Lisa,
    I had the drain tube as well - they took it out Sunday morning and I had my surgery Saturday morning. they sew you up inside so there needs to be somewhere for the fluid to drain out of.....it as a bit weird having it on my shoulder with me, but didn't even feel it come out. They gave me 3 stitches to keep the drain line sitting nice...didn't feel them get cut and taken off either.
    Pretty standard medical practice I believe. No dramas with this.
    C6/7 ACDF 18th April 2015 after 8 years of mucking around pretending it was something else...
  • jules9909jjules9909 Posts: 26
    edited 05/01/2015 - 6:49 AM
    My dr hadn't mentioned it (minor stuff really anyway) but when I saw my friends in the picture I started to wonder. Now I know and will be prepared (and make sure DH is prepared) for it. :-)

  • Wednesday next week....we will all be thinking of you buddy and we are all here to answer any questions or issues you may have, and provide the support that is so important post surgery....I enjoyed receiving it,and enjoy providing it!!

    Good luck - prayers for the next few days for a simple surgery, speedy recovery and lots of ice-cream!!

    Love Rich
    C6/7 ACDF 18th April 2015 after 8 years of mucking around pretending it was something else...
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