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A tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) is a procedure where excess skin and fat are surgically removed to create a smoother, firmer stomach area.1 After surgery, fluid can build up between the tissue layers and interfere with the healing process. To prevent fluid accumulation—the #1 complication after a tummy tuck—doctors typically insert drains at the time of surgery.2 These drains may be left in place as long as 2 to 3 weeks, and are then removed during an office procedure.

The dreaded drains

The first commercial suction drain was developed in 1932 for use in surgical spaces to manage fluid accumulation. There has been minimal advancement in this technology since.3,4

  • Drains are awkward and cumbersome and can be difficult to hide under everyday clothing
  • Drains are difficult to manage during sleep, since movements can tug on the stabilizing sutures
  • Postoperative drains can be messy because they need to be emptied multiple times a day and may leak onto clothing
  • Some patients require postoperative drains for up to 3 weeks, significantly interfering with their ability to return to work
  • Drain removal may be painful and is a source of anxiety for many patients
  • The pain and discomfort associated with drains is the number one complaint of abdominoplasty patients

A drain-free tummy tuck with TissuGlu® helps you recover beautifully

TissuGlu helps transform recovery into a less invasive, more comfortable experience, freeing you from the burden of drains and eliminating the risk of drain-related infection. You’ll be able to get back to being you more quickly, without worrying about drain-related scars and additional procedures to remove drains. In clinical studies, TissuGlu patients were able to resume normal daily activities (showering, driving, and returning to work) more quickly than those who had traditional drains.5,6 Best of all, you won’t have to deal with ugly, awkward drains that require special care and cleaning while you’re healing from a major surgery.

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"Not having the drains definitely impacted my decision...I felt a lot less anxiety about the procedure and about recovery time."

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"By eliminating drains from abdominoplasty, it really eliminates the #1 thing that patients complain about."

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References: 1. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Guide to tummy tuck surgery. Accessed July 19, 2016. 2. Smith MM, Lin MP, Hovsepian RV, et al. Postoperative seroma formation after abdominoplasty with placement of continuous infusion local anesthetic pain pump. Can J Plast Surg. 2009;17(4):127-129. 3. Memon MA, Memon MI, Donohue JH. Abdominal drains: brief historical review. Ir Med J. 2001;94(6):164-166. 4. Meyerson JM. A brief history of two common surgical drains. Ann Plast Surg. 2016;77(1):4-5. 5. Hunstad JP, Michaels J, Burns AJ, et al. A prospective, randomized, multicenter trial assessing a novel lysine-derived urethane adhesive in a large flap surgical procedure without drains. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2015;39(4):616-624. 6. Data on file, Cohera Medical, Inc.

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 plane 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:
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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.