Looking and feeling your best means so much more than meeting a specific standard or healing as fast as possible. As a matter of fact, how we feel depends largely on how we treat our bodies. It is what we put our bodies through that contributes significantly to how we feel, and failing to let our bodies rest affects us much more than we might initially believe. That being said, it is extremely important to take the proper time to rest your body and let it heal following a medical procedure of any kind. In today’s blog, your Dallas, TX spa therapists discuss the benefits of drains and tubes following treatment, and what you can expect from the recovery process.
The Body’s Response to Trauma
In an ideal world, we would be able to experience our own journeys throughout life without the hassle of having to fuss with how we feel in our own skin. Indeed, there is a specific expectation that society has unhealthily placed upon our shoulders, and at times it can become difficult not to get engrossed in the desire to love our bodies with just one tweak here and one treatment there.
There is nothing wrong in wanting to completely love yourself in your own skin, and many advances in medical technology have allowed countless patients achieve this goal. Regardless of an individual goal of operative treatment, it is important to treat your body with the care it needs to properly come back from care.
Just as we might obtain an injury from a physical accident, invasive treatment will lead to some degree of bodily trauma. As impressive as our bodies are at healing themselves, there are steps we can take to ensure better comfort and better outcomes, including the use of drains and tubes. To learn more about this process and how our team can help, give us a call today.
What is a Surgical Drain?
As the body heals following an operative procedure, it is natural for the affected area to experience a pooling of fluid. The area may appear inflamed or swollen, and the swelling will eventually go down as the area heals. As you might imagine, however, improper aftercare techniques can lead to increased recovery time and higher chances of enduring complications.
To assist in the healing process, ask your doctor about a surgical drain and tube. A drain consists of a small plastic tube that is put inside of your body during an operation that is removed a few days after. This process is intended to collect any fluid or air that has drained from the affected area. Contact our team to learn more.
Maintenance and At-Home Care
Typically, a surgical drain varies in how long it will stay in, and you should consult with your doctor about best practices prior to any treatment. Caring for your wounds correctly post-operation helps speed up the recovery process and avoids infection.
When caring for your tubes at home, it is important to empty the drainage bag or reservoir at least twice daily. Additionally, you will want to change the dressing around the wound once daily, and milk the tubing every few hours or so to avoiding clotting.
When to Contact Your Doctor
It is important to keep an eye on your wound and make sure that everything is as it is supposed to be, as previously discussed with your doctor. Sometimes, however, issues can arise that require you to contact your doctor immediately. These may include if the drainage fluid is cloudy or has a bad odor, if you obtain a temperature above 100.5 degrees, the skin becomes red, tender, or swollen near the tube, you cannot re-create a vacuum in the reservoir bulb, or if stiches become loose and the tube falls out.
Post-Op Treatment That Helps
Knowing how to care for drains and tubes following an operation is essential for a healthy recovery. Moreover, some procedures can benefit from post-op spa treatment, and it is important to talk to your doctor prior to scheduling any appointment.
Additionally, our team offers classes to help provide necessary training in specific spa treatments. Give our team a call to learn more about what we offer and how you can learn to properly care for your body following an operative procedure.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
Contact Touch-N-Skin: Wellness Spa in Dallas, TX by calling 972-992-7422 to schedule your next appointment with our team of spa therapists, and learn more about proper drain and tube treatment today.