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Doctor insights on: Removing Fluid From Lungs Procedure

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Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?

Is there a procedure that can remove the fluid around my lungs without requiring general anesthesia?

Yes: Thoracentesis, as it is known, involves placing a needle into "pleural space" under local anesthesia and with drawing fluid by a syringe or allowing passive drainage. Certain 'rapidly accumulating" effusions may require hospitalization and placement of a chest tube. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

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


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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 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?

The term Sclerosing: This causes inflammation and fibrosis or in other words scarring. The hope being it would keep the space where the fluid fills up in from existing and no long be able to accumulate fluid there. ...Read more

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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

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

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I smoke regularly I need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

I smoke regularly I need to clean my lungs, is there a procedure and how much does it cost?

Not really.: 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

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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?

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

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Bad fall resulted in a punctured lung, what is the proper procedure for this?

Bad fall resulted in a punctured lung, what is the proper procedure for this?

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

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What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

What is the normal procedure in a lung biopsy?

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

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What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

What is the general procedure for a lung biopsy?

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

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Yesterday I had colonoscopy with anesthesia (passed out for the whole procedure) and today my lungs hurt. Why, what's the connection?

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

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What should I expect as far as procedure and pain with my upcoming amniocentesis? How accurate are the results for lung function test?

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

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Which procedure does a lung perfusion scan involve?

Which procedure does a lung perfusion scan involve?

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

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Can vats procedure be done to remove a half inch nodule in right lung?

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

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A family member has a nodule about l/2" inside right lung. Can vats procedure be used to remove this?

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

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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?

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

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Regarding open lung biopsy with a camera -how dangerous is this procedure?

Regarding open lung biopsy with a camera -how dangerous is this procedure?

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

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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

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

M.D. visit: Most likely the pain that you are experiencing is related to muscular strain from the procedure. If you are experiencing shortness of breath and/or the pain continues, please see your physician.
Prmg/pediatric respiratory can review records for? S at 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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What is a CT guided nfac[whats involed in procedure] pls, where nodule is seen in lung?

What is a CT guided nfac[whats involed in procedure] pls, where nodule is seen in lung?

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