How is a chest tube put in?

Depends. There are 2 ways. the easiest way is to place it over a wire that's inserted through a needle. These work for almost every type of problem that requires a chest tube. The other way, is to make an incision, dissect down to the ribs and puncture the pleura and place the tube through the hole. This is much more involved and painful.
Through the ribs. . A chest tube is inserted by making a small incision on the side of the chest, usually along the same level as the nipple, and bluntly penetrating into the chest cavity over one of the ribs. This is done using a blunt instrument. Once the tract into the chest is created, the tube is inserted and tied in place. It is then attached to a canister that will drain the fluid or air from the chest cavity.

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Will the doctor put me to sleep if I need a chest tube inserted?

Depends. If this is an emergent need for a chest tube usually only local/topical medications are given. If this is an elective placement of the chest tube occassionally IV medication can be given before the procedure. In good hands the placement should be only moderately uncomfortable. Read more...
Typically not. A chest tube is typically placed with copious amounts of local anesthetic injected on the skin and tissues. You might be given some sedation. General anesthesia could be more dangerous in this instance due to the condition necessitating the chest tube, like tension pneumothorax, pleural effusion, heart failure, or severe pneumonia with empyema, etc. Read more...

How is a chest tube inserted? Does it hurt?

No. Tube thoracostomy is performed by surgeons and other specialists who have sufficient training. With careful local anesthetic administration and intravenous sedation, the pain can be curtailed. Read more...
It should not. After the patient agrees to the procedure ( if time allows ), the end of a sterile tube is carefully placed through a small incision ( after local anesthesia is placed & the skin thoroughly cleansed ) and positioned in the chest to drain fluid, air or both. It is then connected to a sealed drainage system to allow the escape of any or to collect any fluid in the chest. It is secured with stiches. Read more...
Depends. There are 2 ways. the easiest way is to place it over a wire that's inserted through a needle. These work for almost every type of problem that requires a chest tube. The other way, is to make an incision, dissect down to the ribs and puncture the pleura and place the tube through the hole. This is much more involved and painful. Local anesthetics do not numb the pleural and deep tissues. Read more...

Does a chest tube hurt?

Chest Tubes. Yes. Of course. But i would bet you already know that. I would be interested in the context of your question. I know of no medical team that would be using a chest tube as part of treatment unless it was absolutely necessary. Read more...
Depends. The small bore chest tubes inserted with a needle are much less painful than the large bore tubes that are inserted by making an incision and dissecting tissue down to the pleural. Read more...

Chest tube removal hurt?

Chest tube removal. It probably is similar to receiving as shot. If some one is anxious, pain medication can be given prior to removal. Read more...
Some. Removing the tube is usually very well tolerated. While it may feel strange, it generally causes very little pain. Read more...

Does it hurt when you remove a chest tube?

Yes. There is usually mild discomfort in removing a chest tube. It is much less than pain felt during inserting the tube, which can be very painful. Read more...
Not much. Much, much less then when it went in. There will be some discomfort, very little if any pain. Read more...