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What Risks Can Occur During Surgical Chest Tubes Placement?

Chest tube insertion is most commonly performed after surgery or as an emergency procedure. This is done to help confirm whether fluid or air buildup is causing the problem and to determine if a chest tube is needed.

Generally, your doctor will ask for your consent to perform the procedure if you’re conscious. You must ensure that your surgeon has inserted the best surgical chest tubes after the operation.

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Generally, chest tube insertion puts you at risk of several complications. Some of them include:

Pain during placement: Chest tube insertion is usually very painful. Your doctor will help manage your pain by injecting an anesthetic through an IV or directly into the chest tube site. You’ll be given either general anesthesia, which puts you to sleep, or local anesthesia, which numbs the area.

Infection: As with any invasive procedure, there’s a risk of infection. The use of sterile tools during the procedure helps reduce this risk.

Bleeding: A very small amount of bleeding can occur if a blood vessel is damaged when the chest tube is inserted.

Poor tube placement: In some cases, the chest tube can be placed too far inside or not far enough inside the pleural space. The tube may also fall out.