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Afraid of getting a chest tube done. Guidance?

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im scared of having s chest tube done
Posted Thu, 13 Jun 2013 in Lung and Chest disorders
 
 
Answered by Dr. Satyadeo Choubey 1 hour later
Hi Ginarico,
Thanks for your query.
Chest tube or intercostal chest tube drainage( ICTD) is usually required to drain pus, air, blood or other unusual occupants from the pleural space. It is usually done in local anaesthesia and in most cases taken out in 3-4 days as the lung gets expanded and drain is minimal.
It is safe, minimally invasive procedure, so don't worry.

Best wishes
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Follow-up: Afraid of getting a chest tube done. Guidance? 3 minutes later
but im really really scared ive seen people scream while gettting that done on tv or am I thinking of a breathing tube im really worried scared and anxious
 
 
Answered by Dr. Satyadeo Choubey 59 minutes later
Thanks for follow up.
What is seen on TV is nonsense. I doubt whether they are the real scenes. It is a matter of just 5 minutes. Even you will not feel it.
I bet you will laugh at your anxiousness once the procedure is over...Just relax...

Best of luck
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Follow-up: Afraid of getting a chest tube done. Guidance? 2 minutes later
are you sure
 
 
Answered by Dr. Satyadeo Choubey 2 minutes later
More than 100%.
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