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Removing Fluid From Lungs Procedure
Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
My mom has fluid around her lungs and dr's did a tap and draw and they want to do a procedure called scarring. Would you recommend?
My mom is now in afib again. Doctors want to do a cardiac conversion tomorrow shock her I guess. Now remember she has copd, CHF and is a diabetic with fluids around lungs and organs. How serious is this procedure? Should I be present for the conversion? I
Cardioversion safe: A cardioversion is a procedure used to restore sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation. It is usually a safe procedure performed with minimal anesthesia, usually versed or propofol. The key important thing is that she has been on blood thinners for an appropriate period of time to prevent a stroke. Sometimes antiarrhythmic medication is administered afterwards to maintain sinus rhythm. ...Read more
What is the standard and documented procedure for removing a pigtail Heimlich catheter from the chest after a pneumothorax caused by needle punctures?
There is no 'procedure' to clean your lungs. The very best thing that you can do for your lungs is to stop smoking. This will also save you money as smoking is expensive!
if you have concerns about 'cleaning' your lungs and about smoking cessation, go to a local clinic and discuss your concerns with a provider / doc. Medications, hypnosis, and behavior modification may help. Be well! ...Read more
Is there a procedure which can assess the extent of damage done to the lungs by smoking, with a history of smoking for 2 years?
Yes: Two years of smoking will do very little measurable damage to the lung in most individuals, but lung function tests can detect tobacco induced damage if it is present. More importantly if you quit now, you can avoid a lifelong accumulation df damage that can lead to lung cancer and or emphysema. ...Read more
Evaluation: Serious fall with pulmonary contusion and/or injury needs proper trauma evaluation. Depending on the findings, the individual may require a chest tube. The key to pulmonary injury care/treatment is pulmonary hygiene and appropriate analgesia with procedural interventions as needed to facilitate max lung re-expansion. ...Read more
Procedure specific: There are 3 different ways to do a lung biopsy. Ct guided uses a needle inserted thru the chest while taking ct scan images. Bronchoscopic involves running a flexible tube into the windpipe. Surgical biopsy involves cuts in the chest, either using a rigid tube (vats), or larger incision for an open biopsy. ...Read more
Several types: • Several approaches are used for lung bx to obtain enough tissue for histologic exam. The simplest is the Needle biopsy. With local anesthesia a needle is guided through the chest wall into a suspicious area CT or CAT scan or fluoroscopy. A transbronchial biopsy is performed through a fiberoptic bronchoscope and a Thoracoscopic biopsy is used with general anesthesia and also allows bx. ...Read more
Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?
R/O COMPLICATION: Often times Propofol is used for anesthesia it is very potent. Rarely when you are recovery from anesthesia, fluid may get into the lungs. This is referred as aspiration. I recommend following up with your GI doctor. If symptoms worsen acutely or fever develops, get immediate evaluation and X-ray to rule out aspiration Pneumonia. ...Read more
What should I expect as far as procedure and pain with my upcoming amniocentesis? How accurate are the results for lung function test?
Not too bad: An ultrasound will ensure a healthy infant & find a good pocket of fluid. Your doc will inform you of the rare risks & obtain consent. Then after a prep, a long thin needle will be placed through the abdomen into the fluid which is removed with a syringe. This part is not too painful. Us ensures a safe procedure & the fluid is sent for tests. Lung maturity tests are accurate to ensure delivery. ...Read more
Inject radioactive: A perfusion lung scan is done by injectecting a low-dose radioactive tracer into a vein and taking images showing where blood flow is going in the lungs. It is used to diagnose pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lungs). The test is safe and generally free of any side effects. It is used less often now than ct angiogram, but is safer and involves less radiation exposure. ...Read more
Potentially: Depends on the anatomic position. If not involving the airway or "wind pipe" then can be removed by either a wedge, segmentectomy or lobectomy, if indicated, via vats. ...Read more
A family member has a nodule about l/2" inside right lung. Can vats procedure be used to remove this?
Potentially: Depending on location, quite possibly. Vats and robotic techniques can be used for numerous thoracic surgical procedures and varying types of lung resections. ...Read more
Back in March my right lung collapsed, recently I have been feeling pressure in my chest. I am not sure if it's from my procedure or something new?
Collapsed lung: If you had a collapsed lung because of a ruptured bleb it may be that you are developing another bleb. Therefore, it is important for you to return to your doctor to find out what the problem is ...Read more
Risks exist: While done often by experienced thoracic surgeons (vats), it is chest surgery (major surgery). There are risks and benefits. This link may help: http://goo. Gl/pn73i. ...Read more
Is it bad to sneeze after you gone through 3 lung collapses and and a thoracotomy procedure almost two weeks ago? It hurts when I sneeze
What is the protocol with flying after biopsies? Can you fly 2 days after a lung biopsy, if you don't punctur the lung and all is well after procedure
Sure: If there have been no complications from the biopsy it's safe to fly. ...Read more
FNA: The ct is used to guide where a fine needle is inserted from the chest wall to where the nodule is. The ct is used in pulses to locate it not continuous the whole time to avoid too much radiation exposure. Once the needle is deemed in the nodule, aspiration is done to gets cells for study to diagnose cancer, infection, etc. ...Read more
How does it really feel when you get a part of your lung removed from a thoracotomy procedure due to pneumothorax? Do you feel short of breath?
I recently had a open lung biopsy and thoracotomy less then 2months ago. I have severe ruq pain sice procedure and numbness is this nml? What is it?
Groupon offers a ebct heart and lung scan for $57. Is it a necessary procedure or is it a scam. I've never had have heart disease, but my family has.
Heart scan: Ebct (electron beam ct scan) is an easy and fast test that can detect calcium deposits in your coronary arteries. The lung scan can detect lung nodules or masses. Ctscans do expose you to radiation, but there are defiinite benefits to early detection of coronary disease in people at risk (ie. Diabetes, smokers, strong family history of heart attacks). If it's a legit facility that's a great price! ...Read more
Is lung transplant really worthwhile for cystic fibrosis? I've heard that less than 1% benefit from the procedure?
Why do I stip feel short of breath when I walk around the house? I had a thoracotomy procedure done to me almost two weeks ago for 3 lung collapses.
Hurts to breathe: I suspect it still hurts to breathe? If so, that would be a factor. You had major surgery with general anesthetic. It takes time to recover from that. But you ought to have a followup chest xray to be sure there's no recurrence of the collapse - if for no other reason to reassure you! ...Read more
What should I know about a needle lung biopsy? My doctor wants to do a needle biopsy of my lung as an outpatient. What are the risks of this procedure?
A needle biopsy of the lung is very useful in diagnosing many pathological pulmonary conditions. However, like any other procedure it is associated with some risks.
The type of procedure you are referring to is a called a ct-guided percutaneous needle biopsy. This procedure involves inserting a needle through the skin and chest wall to the area of the lung where the biopsy is to be taken, all under the accurate direction of a ct scan (a type of x-ray). The main risk of this procedure is developing a collapsed lung. The doctor doing the procedure will check for this complication after the procedure is completed. Most cases of a pneumothorax are easily manageable and simply just need to be observed until the body heals itself, however, a minority will require another procedure (and rarely surgery) to fix it. Other extremely rare risks include bleeding and the introduction of infection into the lung (pneumonia or empyema). These are extremely rare complications as precautions are always made to prevent these, e.g. Using sterile technique and also testing blood prior to the procedure to check that you do not have a predisposition to excessive bleeding. ...Read more
How does a doctor perform a thoracentesis? Is it the same thing as needle aspiration? My father might have lung cancer and was told that he would likely need a thoracentesis. I'd like to know some more about the procedure so I know what to expect when I g
Thoracentesis: Thoracentesis is a procedure that allows removal of fluid from the pleural space (the space between the lungs and the rib cage). Normally there should be little or no fluid there. If fluid does accumulate a physician can insert a needle between the ribs (under local anesthesia) and drain some or all of the fluid. The fluid can then be tested to see what caused its accumulation. ...Read more
Inflammation: Inflammation or reaction to a foreign body like a bacteria such as infectio fluid in the lungs are also some disease states that cause your body to attack its own tissue and I can closterwood in the longs also remember that all these connect organs are connected in some way to each other in the chest so if the heart fails fluking back up into the lungs and vice versa is more competine you realize but it's a good question. ...Read more
A number of things: When fluid accumulates in the spaces around the lungs (pleural spaces), this is called a pleural effusion. There are a number of causes for pleural effusions. One cause is heart failure. When the heart does not work well, its pumping action is decreased and fluid can back up into the lungs and the spaces around the lungs. Another cause might be inflammation of the lungs (as with pneumonia). ...Read more