DrainDisc: Low Profile Surgical Drain Securement Device


Technology: Researchers in a collaboration between MUSC and Clemson have created an innovative surgical drain attachment that eliminates the need for suturing a device to the patient’s skin and reduces risk of the surgical drain being pulled out or dislodging during a patient’s daily activities following a wide array of plastic surgeries.


The device is comprised of a wedge-shaped cutout that provides access to a textured central port, four exit tracks designed with the curvature of common surgical tubing used in drainage in mind, and a circumferential track that helps to secure the surgical drain while maintaining the device’s low profile.


The device is a translucent, one-piece surgical drain attachment that has a peel and stick adhesive backing. Using its novel design, the device secures the surgical drain in place while allowing the patient and medical staff to determine the most comfortable fit for the drain and the attachment. The surgical drain fits up through the central port of the device, then is snapped into one of the gently curved exit tracks to permit a smooth path for fluid to drain out of. After passing through the exit track, the surgical drain is securely fit into the external, circumferential track to keep it flush against the skin. The adhesive backing is able to endure the everyday activities of a patient for up to three weeks which ensures that the device will function for the full duration of the surgical drain’s use time.




Overview: Surgical drains are often used in plastic surgeries, especially lipoplasties, breast augmentations, abdominoplasties, mastopexies, and breast reductions. Roughly 856,000 plastic surgeries use surgical drains every year in the U.S. While there are established solutions for surgical drain securement, this low-cost, low-profile option shows promise for eliminating complaints posed by patients on past solutions and being a substantial improvement over the current standard of care.


Current solutions let the surgical drain exit the patient’s body perpendicularly to the surface of the skin, leaving patients in discomfort when the drain securement device catches on their clothing. Other solutions use sutures to secure the drain – a time-consuming procedure in the OR and uncomfortable for patients. This device addresses both of these issues, generating a significantly more comfortable experience for patients and an easy fix for medical staff.



Applications: surgical drain securement, plastic surgery



Comfort: Industry leading slimness paired with ergonomic curvature and customizable orientation make this suture-less device a one-of-a-kind, premier option for surgical drain securement.

Ease of Use: The peel and stick adhesive backing and snap fit for surgical drains make application of this device faster and easier than any other product on the market.

Safety: The low-profile design and fitted passageways on the device mitigate risks of the device being unintentionally ripped off and of kinks forming in the surgical drain.


Key Words: low-profile, drain securement, ergonomic, adhesive patch, French drain, sutureless, surgical drain, plastic surgery


Inventors: Alex Harrison, Carson Brewer, Hannah Gore, Jewell Smolenski, Lance Tavana, Mia Warner


Patent Status: U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 62/746,689 filed 10.17.18


MUSC-FRD Technology ID: P1879


Licensing Status: Currently Available for Licensing


Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
MUSC Foundation for Research Development
Manoucher Lance Tavana
Carson Brewer
Hannah Gore
Mia Warner
Alex Harrison
Jewell Smolenski
Robert Latour
John Desjardins
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