Where do you insert a drain tube during breast reconstruction?

Hiroshi Nishioka, Yoshichika Yasunaga, Daisuke Yanagisawa, Shunsuke Yuzuriha, Ken ichi Ito

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Purpose: A drain tube is commonly inserted during breast reconstruction surgery. This leads to a scar in addition to the scar on the breast. This study was performed to investigate how patients feel about the drain scar and to clarify its ideal location. Methods: A questionnaire survey about the drain scar was distributed to 38 consecutive breast reconstruction patients and a total of 104 female doctors and nurses engaged in breast reconstruction. The drain scars were evaluated using the Japan Scar Workshop (JSW) Scar Scale. Results: A total of 32% of the patients expressed some anxiety about the drain scar. Patients who were anxious about the drain scar had higher scores on the JSW Scar Scale than those who were not anxious. Younger doctors and nurses preferred the drain scar to be on the side of the chest, while older doctors and nurses preferred the drain scars to be at the axilla. Conclusions: About a third of the patients had some anxiety associated with their drain scar after breast reconstruction surgery, and this anxiety level was correlated with objective assessment of the scar. Thus, more patient involvement or the provision of more information regarding drain placement is required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1626-1632
Number of pages7
JournalSurgery Today
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 12-2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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