The following question from our forum is from a woman who had a tummy tuck and now sees some small seedy-like substance in her surgical drains. She is wondering if this is a sign of infection or if it is normal.

Date: 03/14/2010 Submitted by: Marilyn

Today I noticed some small seedy-like substance in my drainage tube, like possible puss, which concerns me for infection from my tummy tuck. I’m taking my antibiotics faithfully…my pain is minimal…do you think this is normal or infection?


Date: 03/14/2010 Submitted by: Tanner


When I had my tummy tuck I didn’t see any pus or seedy-like substance. I do remember seeing some small globules of “stuff” mixed with red drainage fluid the day after my surgery (maybe even the second day). It depends on what you mean by “some” and how long after surgery this is happening. Your best bet to give you peace of mind would be call your surgeon (most likely his nurse). I am sure they gave you emergency contact numbers. Good luck.