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   Knee:_General
   Lungs:_Normal
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   Nerves:_Lumbar
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Medical Care
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   Injection:_Facet+Joint
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Injury
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   Brain:_Impact+Twist
   Cervical:_Strain
   Disc:_Bulging
   Disc:_Herniated
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   Hip:_Traumatic+Arthritis
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   Bladder:_Cystotomy
   Cervical:_Fusion
   Fibula:_Fixation
   Foot:_Metatarsal
   Hip:_Bone+Graft
   Hip:_Replacement
   Knee:_Arthroscopy
   Lumbar:_Approach
   Lumbar:_Decompression
   Lumbar:_Fusion
   Neck:_Fusion
   Metatarsal:_Fixation
   Venous:_IVC+filter


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Chest Tube Placement

A chest tube insertion involves the surgical placement of a hollow, flexible drainage tube into the chest.
Chest tubes are inserted to drain blood, fluid, or air and to allow the lungs to fully expand. The tube is placed between the ribs and into the space between the inner lining and the outer lining of the lung (pleural space).

The area where the tube will be inserted is numbed (local anesthesia). Sometimes sedation is also used. The chest tube is inserted through an incision between the ribs into the chest and is connected to a bottle or canister that contains sterile water. Suction is attached to the system for drainage. A stitch (suture) and adhesive tape keep the tube in place.

The chest tube usually stays in place until the x-rays show that all the blood, fluid, or air has drained from the chest and the lung has fully re-expanded. When the chest tube is no longer needed, it can be easily removed. Most people don't need medications to sedate or numb them while the chest tube is removed. Antibiotics may be used to prevent or treat infection.

In certain people, the chest tube may be inserted using a minimally invasive technique guided by x-ray. Sometimes chest tubes are placed during major lung or heart surgery while the person is under general anesthesia.

Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Illustration of technique for placing a thoracostomy tube at the fifth intercostal space:



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