Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am a candidate?
Initial patient enquiries are welcome. Send us an email or call and we will email a patient information form for you to complete.
Ask your GP to refer you for a consult. Note that consultations without a referral cannot be claimed from Medicare.
After listening to your symptoms and taking a medical history we will discuss further investigations or scans needed to establish whether you are a candidate.
What investigations or scans are needed?
This will be discussed at the time of consult but may include a CT scan to establish the location and depth of the fluid.
How long is the procedure?
The procedure takes about 30 mins.
Do I need anesthetic?
No. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic. Sometimes sedation is used.
How is the procedure performed?
A pleurx drain is inserted by an interventional radiologist. After scanning to establish the safest and best point, a small needle is placed through the skin into the fluid. A plastic tube is then passed under the skin and through into the fluid. A valve on the end allows a special drainage bag to be attached which allows prompt drainage of fluid.
How long will I be in the hospital?
You will stay for a few hours of observations and to allow the sedation to wear off.
What is the recovery period like?
You will be able to return to normal activities the next day.
Is this treatment for everybody?
No. In those patients with symptoms in whom fluid recurs quickly then tunnelled pleurx drain insertion allows easy drainage without the need for repeat procedures.