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Promoting Pulmonary Wellness: Understanding Pleurodesis

At ILS Hospitals, we prioritize respiratory health, offering advanced pulmonology procedures such as Pleurodesis to enhance the well-being of our patients.

What is Pleurodesis?

Pleurodesis is a specialized medical procedure conducted within the realm of pulmonology. It is aimed at managing recurrent pleural effusions, a condition where an abnormal amount of fluid accumulates between the layers of the pleura, the thin lining surrounding the lungs.

How is Pleurodesis Performed?

During the Pleurodesis procedure:

  • Preparation:
  • Patients are carefully evaluated, and their medical history is thoroughly assessed to ensure the appropriateness of the procedure.
  • Anaesthesia:
  • The patient is usually given local anaesthesia or, in some cases, general anaesthesia, depending on the specific circumstances and the patient’s overall health.
  • Insertion of Chest Tube:
  • A small chest tube is inserted into the pleural space, allowing the accumulated fluid to drain.
  • Introduction of Irritants:
  • A sclerosing agent or irritant, often a talc slurry, is introduced into the pleural cavity through the chest tube. This irritant promotes inflammation and scarring of the pleural surfaces.
  • Chest Tube Removal:
  • After the pleural surfaces have adhered to each other, the chest tube is removed, and the entry site is appropriately managed.

Why is Pleurodesis Performed?

  • Pleurodesis is commonly recommended to manage recurrent pleural effusions caused by conditions such as:
  • Malignant Pleural Effusions: Often associated with cancer, where tumour cells invade the pleura.
  • Benign Pleural Effusions: Resulting from conditions like pneumonia, heart failure, or inflammatory disorders.

Benefits of Pleurodesis:

  • Prevention of Recurrent Effusions:
  • Pleurodesis is an effective strategy to prevent the recurrence of pleural effusions, providing relief to patients.
  • Improved Respiratory Function:
  • By minimizing the accumulation of fluid around the lungs, Pleurodesis contributes to improved respiratory function.
  • Enhanced Quality of Life:
  • Managing pleural effusions can significantly enhance the overall quality of life for individuals dealing with respiratory challenges.

Post-Procedure Care:

Following Pleurodesis, patients are carefully monitored to ensure optimal recovery. Our pulmonology team at ILS Hospitals provides comprehensive post-procedure care, including pain management, respiratory support, and monitoring for potential complications.

Choosing ILS Hospitals for Pulmonary Care:

At ILS Hospitals, we take pride in offering advanced pulmonology services, including Pleurodesis, to address respiratory challenges and enhance the well-being of our patients. Our expert pulmonologists, state-of-the-art facilities, and patient-centric approach make ILS Hospitals a trusted destination for pulmonary wellness. If you or a loved one is dealing with recurrent pleural effusions, consult our experienced pulmonology team to explore personalized and effective treatment options at ILS Hospitals. Your respiratory health is our priority.

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