Node view

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 of:
February 24, 2020

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