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Ascites was posted 01/31/1998 10:17 am by Pam
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Hi Ruth: Hope this helps: 1) The procedure does not take a very long time. They actually puncture the skin and tissue to get into where the fluid has accumulated. That part is not very pleasant but the pain only seems to last for a moment, and I'm sure that some of it depends on the tenderness of the doctor doing the procedure. There is a tube that is connected to whatever it is that they use to puncture the skin with and the fluid begins to drain into 1 liter bottles. It appears to be a yellowish colored fluid. As one container fills, they will take it off and attach another container. When they drained my mom she usually filled about 4-5 containers each time. (About 2 (2)liter soda bottles worth!) 2) I don't know how common infection is as a result of this procedure. They are pretty careful to thoroughly cleanse the area before making the puncture entry. I would assume that infection is possible, but I wouldn't assume it happens often. 3) The first time that Mom was drained, it took about 3 weeks before she was filled up again. The more often she was drained, the more often she filled up. She said it was worth it though because of the relief that she got in between. Towards the end, she was re-filling up within almost a week, but at least she had that time of being more comfortable. Let me know if I can answer any more questions. I was with my mom every time she had it done. Pam

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