Pleurectomy Periprocedural Care

Updated: Sep 15, 2015
  • Author: Fahad Aziz, MD; Chief Editor: Dale K Mueller, MD  more...
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Periprocedural Care

Monitoring & Follow-up

Postoperative management requires good pain management with epidural catheters, intravenous patient-controlled analgesia, local pain pumps, intercostal rib blocks, or a combination of these maneuvers. [4]

Aggressive chest physiotherapy with early ambulation, incentive spirometry, and other methods of sputum mobilization are used to prevent atelectasis and pneumonia. [4]

Chest tubes are placed to evacuate both fluid and air. Sclerosing maneuvers (ie, talc, doxycycline) may be necessary to seal persistent air leaks. [4]