Table of Contents Author Guidelines Submit a Manuscript
Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2017, Article ID 8194571, 3 pages
Case Report

Retained Surgical Drains in Orthopedics: Two Case Reports and a Review of the Literature

Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., Mail Code OP31, Portland, OR 97239, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to John S. Cox; ude.usho@ojxoc

Received 20 January 2017; Accepted 3 April 2017; Published 19 April 2017

Academic Editor: Johannes Mayr

Copyright © 2017 John S. Cox and Darin Friess. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Though a relatively rare event, retained surgical drains are preventable and can lead to significant consequences. Two case reports from our institution are discussed as examples for the challenging management of this problem as well as an overview of techniques for the prevention and removal of retained drains based on the current literature.