If you had breast surgery, tummy tuck, hernia repair, mastectomy, or any other operation where your surgeon was concerned about a seroma developing (fluid build up), you know about suction drains. You and your loved ones experienced the burden that this unsanitary, cumbersome medical device can bring. We listened to you. That’s why we created a lightweight, discreet, and easy-to-use suction device to improve your recovery experience.

In 2004, I remember being in the middle of a very busy season of graduations and celebrations in my household and wanting to be part of the festivities however I found myself sidelined by the maintenance of these difficult drains. I couldn’t be happier to be part of what I believe will revolutionize the way women recover from breast cancer surgery.
— Michelle Squires

Source: (4) Phillips, et al. (2011)

Source: (4) Phillips, et al. (2011)


How can seroma be managed?

Physicians try to prevent seromas from developing by removing fluid from the surgical site. This technique allows tissue planes to come together for continued healing. The standard way of removing fluid is through the use of closed suction drains (JP drains). A drain is inserted into the surgical site, and a manual suction bulb is used to draw the fluid out. Patients may have multiple drains after a surgery. A drain is removed once the patient-reported fluid collection drops below a pre-determined volume on a daily basis for that drain. The total drain indwelling time varies, but it can last up to 3 weeks or more.*


Why does continuous suction matter?

Studies have shown that when you apply continuous suction at the end of drains, this will effectively remove the fluid, bring tissue planes together, and potentially promote healing. However, the current manual suction bulbs do not provide adequate continuous suction because they lose pressure as they fill.*

How does SOMAVAC® 100 compare to bulbs?

In the days after surgery, performing a 12-step procedure for as many as 6 drains, twice a day, is overwhelming and cumbersome. The suction bulbs may become smelly as they are used for many weeks without replacing them. The suction bulbs are nearly impossible to hide under or attach to clothing.

With the SOMAVAC® 100, there is no need to empty and recharge the bulb! You simply replace the collection bag when it fills and change the batteries when needed. The SOMAVAC® 100 is placed in a belt to provide a secure, discreet, comfortable post-operative experience for you. With our closed system and disposable waste collection units, odors won’t be a problem.

How can I get SOMAVAC® 100?

Talk to your physician about whether the SOMAVAC® 100 Sustained Vacuum System is right for you. We will soon provide a list of providers in your area.

*Data on File at SOMAVAC® Medical, Inc.