When are drains indicated following colon resection (colectomy)?

Updated: Apr 05, 2021
  • Author: David E Stein, MD, MHCM; Chief Editor: Vikram Kate, FRCS, MS, MBBS, PhD, FACS, FACG, FRCS(Edin), FRCS(Glasg), FIMSA, MAMS, MASCRS, FFST(Ed)  more...
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Abdominal drains and subcutaneous drains are placed to bulb suction. Patients who develop deep pelvic abscesses postoperatively may require drain tube placement by interventional radiology. Drains may be removed in a few days when the output has markedly decreased.

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