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Lumbar Drain Placement


Lumbar drain placement is a procedure to place a small tube in your lower back and into your spinal column to drain or collect cerebral spinal fluid (CSF).


Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon within 1 week or as directed:

You may need to return to have your stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have pain, swelling, or warmth in the area where the needle was put into your back.
  • You have bleeding or discharge coming from the area where the needle was put into your back.
  • Your legs, feet, or other areas below your waist feel numb, tingly, or weak.
  • You have nausea or vomiting.
  • You have a stiff neck or trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have a severe headache.
  • You have a seizure.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.