Chest Wall

Chest Fluid Drainage

The Chest Fluid Drainage procedure is done to relieve pressure on the lungs, and remove either fluid or air. Inserting a chest drainage tube (thoracostomy) can be either an emergency or a planned procedure. Removing air or fluids from the chest involves the insertion of a tube through the skin and the muscles between the ribs, and into the chest cavity, called the pleural space. Conditions that may need to be treated by chest drainage therapy include pneumothorax (collapse of the lung), fluid collections, empyema (pus in the thoracic cavity), or hemothorax (blood in the thoracic cavity).

Chest Wall Reconstruction

Chest wall defects are encountered in all regions of the chest. Reconstruction may be required after resection of malignant tumors, radiation injuries, trauma, or infection. The ideal reconstruction should provide enough stability in the chest wall to allow adequate and spontaneous ventilation, protect intrathoracic organs, and be aesthetically appropriate.

Chest Wall Resection

Chest wall resection is the primary treatment modality for chest wall tumors and can be performed with low morbidity and mortality. If tumors are chemo-sensitive, preoperative chemotherapy may be administered to reduce the amount of tumor burden.