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Am I the only one?

LoLLo Posts: 694
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Am I the only one who DIDN'T have a drain after my fusion? It seems like pretty much everyone I hear from had one in their incision sites post op... I never had any in either the front or the back. Wonder why. Never had a problem with my incisions, though, so it must not be mandatory.


  • No drain for me. Maybe it has something to do with the type of fusion. I had a 360 ALIF. I believe you did as well. Perhaps the need isn't there for a drain when having an ALIF.
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • I had what you both had and didn't have a drain. Maybe it is the doctor's choice?

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  • My doc told me she was going to put in a drain but ended up noy using one, said I was the first person she didn;t put one in ..said she didn't need to???

    no idea..lol

  • I didn't have one either.
  • If I had one, I don't remember it! @) @) @)
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  • I have a 6-7" incision on each side of my spine in back and a nice slice all the way from the top of my pubic bone to the bottom of my left ribcage in the front and I had no drains. I didn't have staples either - I have too many metal allergies, so they decided to stitch me up.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Had a two level TLIF, no drain.
  • ALIF...no drain.
  • I didn't have one with my anterior L5/S1 fusion. The nurses said my incision was healing great on it's own. I never needed a drainage as there wasn't any fluid leaking out to drain. The was the best part and most successful part of the surgery, the incision lol.
  • Happy about it too, the cath was enough.
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