Patients dread drains

The first commercial suction drain was developed in 1932 for use in surgical spaces where gravity drains were ineffective.1 The drains most commonly used today were developed in 1971 and 1983, and haven't evolved much since.2 While drains have been standard of care for decades, patients are often anxious about the pain and maintenance they require. They see postoperative drains as difficult and cumbersome to manage. In a recent survey of 4000 women considering abdominoplasty, 95% of respondents stated a preference for a drain-free procedure.3

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100% of patients who received drains had complaints3

"I hated those drains! I would rather try anything else."3 - Postsurgical patient

Patients simply don't want to deal with emptying and measuring fluid, managing leaks and mess, or anticipating the pain and discomfort that come with the drain removal procedure. Many report that drains negatively impacted their abdominoplasty experience and recovery.

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Drains must be pinned to clothing, a belt, or the compression garment, interfering with the ability to wear everyday clothing

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Drains may interfere with sleep and restrict movement

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Drains need to be emptied 3 to 4 times a day, with fluid output measured and noted in a log

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Drains may become clogged or pulled out accidentally

Drain-free abdominoplasties drive business

Becoming Drain-Free Certified with TissuGlu offers you the opportunity to elevate the abdominoplasty experience for your patients. Patients who have a TissuGlu recovery have several advantages over those who recover with drains, including3,4

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Fewer invasive treatments for fluid management


A quicker return to normal activities (showering, driving, and returning to work)

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No drain-related scarring

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Less discomfort and pain vs drains

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Peace of mind knowing their risk of drain-related infection is eliminated

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Reduced anxiety about the procedure and aftercare due to no drains

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References: 1. Memon MA, Memon MI, Donohue JH. Abdominal drains: a brief historical review. Ir Med J. 2001;94(6):164-166. 2. Meyerson JM. A brief history of two common surgical drains. Ann Plast Surg. 2016;77(1):4-5. 3. Data on file, Cohera Medical, Inc. 4. Beattie S. Surgical drains. Accessed July 13, 2017.

Important TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive Safety Information


TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is indicated for the approximation of tissue layers where subcutaneous dead space exists between the tissue planes in abdominoplasty.


Do not use in patients with known or suspected allergies to urethane-based or isocyanate-containing products.


  • Do not use TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive in patients who have had prior exposure to TissuGlu®. Immunological response associated with repeat TissuGlu® exposure has not been studied.
  • The effectiveness for the treatment of patients with BMI > 28 has not been established. Higher BMI patients have a propensity for fluid accumulation and may have an increased risk of seroma formation.
  • Effectiveness was not observed in weight loss patients undergoing abdominoplasty. Weight loss patients have a propensity for fluid accumulation and may have an increased risk of seroma formation and aspiration.

TissuGlu® may reduce the need for drains after surgery. By using TissuGlu® instead of drains, you may:

  • Return to normal activities more quickly
  • Experience less discomfort and pain than when drains are used
  • Have fewer invasive treatments for fluid management. The results showed that 73% of TissuGlu® patients had no treatments after surgery. However, some patients did require additional invasive treatments including reinsertion of drains.

Clinical studies were performed using TissuGlu®. There were no increased safety risks with the use of TissuGlu® than when drains were used. Potential complications associated with the use of the device and the tummy tuck procedures include seroma (fluid) formation. These complications may require treatments such as drain placement and/or fluid removal by needle, which may be performed in the operating room. Additional potential complications include wound healing issues, rash/redness, surgical site or incision infection, scarring, hematoma (bruise or swelling), incision separation, and immunological reaction.

Safety Information:
For full safety information please visit, contact your doctor, or call Cohera Customer Support at 1-800-641-7458.

TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is currently approved for sale in the United States for the approximation of tissue layers where subcutaneous dead space exists between the tissue planes in abdominoplasty. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive received European CE Mark in 2011, where it is approved for large flap surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty. TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive is not approved for sale in any other region. Any questions related to the indication for use should be directed to your Cohera Medical Account Manager or to Cohera Medical Corporate Clinical Affairs. Refer to the complete TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive Directions for Use for prescribing and usage information.