Drain Dollies Post-Mastectomy Surgical Drain Bags (10)

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Drain Dollies are a simple solution to keep your drains in place so they don't pull or tangle. Designed by founder Charlotte after her own double mastectomy, these custom-made adjustable bags provide a safe and discreet place for your drains, and come in a range of beautiful patterns. 

  • Get out and about after mastectomy - Drain Dollies look just like tote bags (really pretty ones!), so you can carry your drains discreetly in public without feeling embarrassed
  • Stay comfortable and heal safely - each bag keeps your drains secure and prevents tubes from pulling and snagging
  • Find your perfect size - the adjustable strap means you can hold the drains at the most comfortable height for you
  • A thoughtful gift - Drain Dollies can make a big difference to someone's mastectomy recovery, and they make a beautiful tote bag for after recovery

If you're having breast cancer surgery, you may be sent home from the hospital with one or more drains to collect lymph fluid. Having an armful of tangled tubes can be pretty uncomfortable, and worrying about snagging them, showering with them and wearing them out and about can make it hard to feel like you're getting back to normal after surgery.

Drain Dollies fit comfortably over your shoulder without needing to lift your arms to place drains in the bag. Each bag has an adjustable strap to hold your drains at a comfortable height, and you can fit more than one drain in each bag if you need to.

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It is recommended that two drain dollies are used for a double mastectomy and one drain dolly for a single mastectomy. This is so that each bag can sit comfortably on your shoulder.


  • Bag: 25cm x 25cm
  • Strap length: 90cm

Drain Dollies founder Charlotte created the product during her own recovery from breast surgery. Charley's mum passed away when she was 17 due to ovarian cancer, and when Charlotte tested positive for the BRCA1 gene (which gives an 85% risk of breast cancer), she decided to have a preventative double mastectomy.

"Before I went in for my surgery I searched high and low for surgical drain bags. I knew I was going to be discharged from hospital with these drains, but how was I to manage? I knew I was going to have drains in for at least 12 days and didn't want to be house bound. Equally though I didn't want to get funny looks in the street or feel embarrassed." 

So Charlotte set about producing Drain Dollies, a simple, attractive bag especially designed to contain drains after breast surgery.

“Me and my friend’s mum thought that we could make something to put them in. That same week I made my bags, I realised how great they were, I thought it would be cool if I could make them for other people too.”

With help from her friend’s mum, Charley learned how to sew and started making Drain Dollies for other women who had had single or double mastectomies.

“I couldn’t sew at this point, my friend’s mum taught me how to sew.  We set up a little factory in my lounge. I spent my days recovering watching films and making Drain Dollies. And it went from there.”

The bags aren’t just practical, they also help self-esteem at a time where it is understandably low.

“I think there’s a huge dignity aspect to it. Even when I was walking from the ward to the car when I was discharged, people were staring at me. If you see someone with strange looking pipes and bags full of blood, you’re going to look. You feel a bit self-conscious on top of feeling s**t because you’ve just come out of surgery.”

Drain Dollies are now being recommended by healthcare professionals up and down the UK, and Charlotte has won a 2017 Live Better With Spotlight Award for her contributions to the cancer community. A donation from each Drain Dolly sold goes to the charity Genesis, who are working towards preventing breast cancer with their fantastic research.

“It’s really nice to know that I’ve helped so many other people through something so simple. It’s great that the Drain Dollies are being recommended by healthcare professionals too. I have a questionnaire where I ask ‘where did you hear about us?’ and a lot of my customers are filling in ‘recommended by the hospital’.  So it’s nice and cool to feel valued.” 

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