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THORACENTESIS

PREPARING FOR A THORACENTESIS 

Thoracentesis is an invasive surgery to remove fluid or air from the pleural space for diagnostic therapeutic purposes. This procedure is also done under local anesthetic.

STEPS TO BOOKING:

  1. Obtain a referral form from your physician

  2. Book an appointment with our office

  3. If you are using insurance (Present insurance Card)

MEET THE ANESTHESIOLOGIST

  • Consultation booking

  • Laboratory and Imaging test completed

  • Preoperative questionnaire

 

THE DAY BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE:

  • Fast 12 hours prior to surgery

  • Remember to leave all valuables at home (jewelry, money etc.)

  • Refrain from smoking and use of alcoholic beverages

  • Shower the morning of the procedure 

SURGERY TIMELINE:

  • Patient assessment about 45 minutes after check in

  • Anesthesia takes about 15 minutes.

  • Surgery takes 30 minutes - 1 hour (depending on the amount of fluid and lungs)

  • Recovery requires 45 minutes to 1 hour

  • Upon clearance by the doctor the patient is released.

RESULTS TIMELINE:

  • Fluid taken to the laboratory by the patient (If necessary)

  • Post operative guidelines given

  • Follow-up care

 

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

BENEFITS: 

  • Relieves discomfort and pain related to the problem 

POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS & RISK:

  • Coughing 

  • Fainting 

  • Collapsed Lungs

  • Increase raised for obsessed people 

  • Although the risks and complications may occur only very rarely they do sometimes occur and cannot be predicted or prevented by the physician