A thoracentesis can be done in a doctor’s office, hospital room or in the Aurora Diagnostic and Treatment Center.
Your doctor will begin by giving you numbing medication. Then a needle and a small plastic tube will be inserted to drain the fluid.
You may feel pressure and, while the fluid drains, you may have the urge to cough as your lung expands. Once the fluid is removed, the needle and tubing will be removed and a small bandage will be placed on the site.
The whole procedure usually takes about 10 to 15 minutes, but it can take up to 45 minutes if there’s a lot of fluid.