Lung Surgery: Chest Tube

Picture of chest tube placement after lung surgery

After lung surgery, one or more chest tubes are used to drain fluid and blood out of the chest cavity. The chest tubes also help the lungs refill with air.

Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Michael S. Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
David C. Stuesse, MD - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

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