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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a cervical fusion done yesterday (c4-6). I was discharged today. I just noticed some discharge on the bandage covering the incision for the wound pump...I took it off and it still looks like part of the tubing is in my neck. Is that supposed to be there? I called the nurse but only got voicemail and I'm still waiting for a call back.


  • Sarah, is this tubing very small? Could it be a suture? The wound drain is generally held with a suture that they remove when they pull the drain. Occassionally they might leave it on purpose or by accident. Did they give you any wound care instructions? The actual drain tube is usually about as big around as a laptop cord, or bigger. It is all one system and shouldn't break off when they pull it out. Hopefully the nurse will call soon. >:D< Sue
  • It's very small and round and white and looks like a piece of tubing...like it has an opening in it. I called the after hours number and the dr is going to call back. It's probably nothing but I don't want to take a chance.
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  • i think it can't be the drain. it takes excessive force to break a drain . i am an RN and i have pulled out lots. i have never heard of one breaking.
    u may still have a small open area that will continue to ooze. especially if they pulled the drain out to soon. i would just change the dressing as needed.
    the above quote re suture may be possible. but they would have had to cut the suture to release the tubing in order to pull it out.
    hope this helps
  • The dr just called back.....it wasn't the tubing....it was one of the steristrips that got all rolled up and just happened to be stuck over the drain hole. I feel like an idiot but at least I won't be worrying about it all night. Thanks a lot everyone for all your input. it's great to have a forum like this to post in.
  • It's always better to be safe than sorry. Glad you were able to get that cleared up so you can relax and press onward with healing.

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  • Just read through. So glad the dr got back to you and your calm now. I could understand how "strange" that must of been looking at.
    Yeah those tubes are tuffies thats for sure.
    The drainage I had to on the bandage the first time I took it off.
    I used to change the bandage everyday. The first few days there was a little bit of "gunk" from the steri strips.
    Also at the point of my surgery I had no clue "yes me" so be quiet all :$ :$ :$ :D
    what the little black thing was on my neck. It of course was the stitch they leave on the outside from sewing on the inside. They clipped that off at my post op checkup.

    Like "C" said always better safe then sorry!! No post op question is ever crazy.

    Good luck in your recovery!!!
    Terri O:) O:)
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