How to Prepare for a Pleurocentesis

A pleurocentesis, also known as a pleural effusion treatment or thoracentesis, is a procedure that is performed to remove excess fluid from the lungs. It can be used to treat certain conditions or to help Dr. Bowen diagnose your condition. The fluid extracted during the procedure can be analyzed by a lab to provide further information.

What Should I Do Before My Pleurocentesis?

You do not need to do anything special to prepare for your pleurocentesis. You will have an opportunity to discuss the procedure with Dr. Bowen, and you will be given instructions about whether or not you should avoid taking certain medications the day of the procedure. Dr. Bowen and his staff will also evaluate your overall health to ensure you are a good candidate for pleurocentesis.

How Is the Pleurocentesis Performed?

Dr. Bowen performs the pleurocentesis procedure in a hospital setting. You will remain awake during the procedure, but a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Using a guided ultrasound, Dr. Bowen will insert a needle between your ribs into the pleural cavity and extract the fluid. During the same procedure, depending on the purpose of your treatment, a pleural biopsy may also be performed, which will require the doctor to collect a small amount of pleural tissue.

Can I Resume Normal Activity After a Pleurocentesis?

The pleurocentesis procedure is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure. However, a day of rest following the procedure is recommended. In rare cases, depending on the condition being treated, you may need to remain in the hospital for observation overnight.

If you are exhibiting symptoms indicating pleural effusion, such as a chronic cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain, Dr. Marc Bowen may recommend that you undergo a pleurocentesis procedure to accurately diagnose your condition, relieve your symptoms, and improve lung function. An in-office chest ultrasound may be necessary first to determine if there is fluid in the pleural space. Our NYC pulmonology practice is equipped with the newest state-of-the-art equipment to provide the highest quality patient care. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Bowen or call 212-480-4062 for evaluation and treatment of your breathing issues. Appointments will be confirmed by office staff.

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