Indian Journal of Surgery

, Volume 80, Issue 1, pp 100–102 | Cite as

Drain Tags: A Reliable Method of Securing Drains in the Neck

  • Venkatesh Anehosur
  • Rajarshi Ghosh
  • Abhijit Joshi
  • Bhushan Jayade
  • Niranjan Kumar
Surgical Techniques and Innovations


Drains are essential in most surgeries. Primary need is elimination of dead space and related consequences but drains per se do have their share of complications, one of them being dislodgment. Complications related to dislodgment can range from inactive drains to damage to critical areas like anastomosis sites. Securing drains using this technique was described by Jayaraj et al. in 1988. Since then, no study was done to determine the efficacy and outcomes of this method. An audit was conducted from 2009 to 2014 at SDM Craniofacial unit to determine the utility of drain fixation. Data was collected of a total of 143 patients from the medical records. This useful technique has the advantage of preventing the drain from displacement and its consequent complications.


Surgical drains Head and neck surgery Oncology 



The authors would like to thank Dr. Niranjan Kumar, Medical Director, SDM Craniofacial Unit and Dr. Srinath Thakur, Principal, SDM College of Dental Sciences & Hospital from providing us with the necessary facilities to complete this study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Venkatesh Anehosur
    • 1
  • Rajarshi Ghosh
    • 1
  • Abhijit Joshi
    • 1
  • Bhushan Jayade
    • 2
  • Niranjan Kumar
    • 3
  1. 1.SDM College of Dental Sciences & HospitalDharwadIndia
  2. 2.NM Hospital DubaiDubaiUAE
  3. 3.SDM College of Medical Sciences & HospitalDharwadIndia

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