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Hemovac Drain Care

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a Hemovac drain and how does it work?

A Hemovac drain is used to remove fluids that build up in an area of your body after surgery. The Hemovac drain is a circular device connected to a tube. One end of the tube is placed in the surgery site. The other end comes out through a small cut in your skin, called the drain site. The device is connected to this end. You may have 1 or more stitches to hold the tube in place. The Hemovac drain removes fluid by creating suction in the tube. The circular device is squeezed flat and expands as it fills with fluid.

How do I change the bandage around my Hemovac drain?

If you have a bandage, change it 1 time each day. Change your bandage if it gets wet.

How do I empty my Hemovac drain?

Empty the drain when it is half full or every 4 to 8 hours:

Hemovac Drain

When will my Hemovac drain be removed?

The amount of fluid that you drain should decrease each day. Ask your healthcare provider when and how your drain will be removed.

What are the risks of a Hemovac drain?

You may have some pain or tenderness at your drain site. You may have trouble lying on the side with your drain. Your drain site may leak. The Hemovac drain may be pulled out by accident. The tubing may crack, break, or become blocked. The tubing may damage your tissue. You may have a scar. The drain site may get infected. The infection could spread inside your body.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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