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JenM
06-04-2010, 06:29 PM
I forgot to ask my surgeon this yesterday at my last pre-op appointment. Does anyone know if I get a chest tube if I am having posterior-only surgery? I have a double curve in the thoracic and lumbar areas. I know for the A/p surgery you get one, just not sure if you automatically get one for the posterior-only surgery. Thanks!

JenM

debbei
06-04-2010, 07:01 PM
I forgot to ask my surgeon this yesterday at my last pre-op appointment. Does anyone know if I get a chest tube if I am having posterior-only surgery? I have a double curve in the thoracic and lumbar areas. I know for the A/p surgery you get one, just not sure if you automatically get one for the posterior-only surgery. Thanks!

JenM

Jen,

I did not have a chest tube.

dolores a
06-04-2010, 07:14 PM
Jen, I had anterior/posterior, no chest tube, what would be the reason for the tube either way?

JenM
06-04-2010, 07:18 PM
Yesterday, the internist at the hospital, not my surgeon, told me I'd probably get a chest tube because anytime the thoracic curve is being operated on, there is excess liquid/drainage that occurs around the lungs and a chest tube is necessary. I don't think that that doctor was right though since she is just an internist and doesn't specialize in doing spinal surgeries, she just gave me medical clearance for the surgery. For some reason I just think people who have A/P surgeries get one.

LindaRacine
06-04-2010, 11:11 PM
I thought the tube used for posterior surgeries was called a drain, but I could be wrong.

--Linda

JenniferG
06-05-2010, 12:56 AM
I had posterior only and I didn't have any tubes or drains in my chest. Not even in my back.

debbei
06-05-2010, 06:13 AM
Jen,

Like I said, I didn't have a chest tube, but I did have 2 drains in my lower back, right around the 'dimples' above the butt. :) BTW, those areas were numb and/or painful for quite some time after surgery, but the are almost 100% back to normal by now. There could be a slight bit of numbness left, but I'm not sure.

ShariMSU
06-05-2010, 01:21 PM
Hi Jen - I had posterior only surgery in the throasic area 7 weeks ago. I did not have a chest tube. I did have one small drainage tube in my back. I was not even aware of it until the 2nd day. That drainage tube caused me no problem at all.

Leanna
06-05-2010, 01:48 PM
I forgot to ask my surgeon this yesterday at my last pre-op appointment. Does anyone know if I get a chest tube if I am having posterior-only surgery? I have a double curve in the thoracic and lumbar areas. I know for the A/p surgery you get one, just not sure if you automatically get one for the posterior-only surgery. Thanks!

JenM

This may not help since I am going to be A/P, but I was told I will have a chest tube for 2-3 days after which I was told will drain excess liquid in my chest around my lungs and such. Sounds as though the tube may come from my anterior approach so that may not be something you will have to worry about.

JenM
06-05-2010, 02:42 PM
Ok, thanks everyone. It looks like from your responses that it is used for the A/P surgery, which is what I thought. I hate tubes and IV's, so that's one less tube I have to worry about!

Doodles
06-05-2010, 10:02 PM
I had 2 drains at the same spot Debbe described and they're still sore and like little bruises. If I had a chest tube I don't remember. Janet

debbei
06-06-2010, 07:39 AM
Ok, thanks everyone. It looks like from your responses that it is used for the A/P surgery, which is what I thought. I hate tubes and IV's, so that's one less tube I have to worry about!

Jen,

I was only AWAKE while getting the first IV. All other IV's were placed after I was alseep. Some of them came out even before I woke up, but there was evidence of them being there (bruises, etc.) later. From what I recall, I had 2 IV's, a catheter and the drain tubes in the back when I woke up. I remember being disturbed looking at the drain containers, thinking that I was bleeding too much, but they assured me that what was coming out was normal.

doodie
06-07-2010, 09:25 AM
Hi Jen
I had A/P surgeries but the only reason I had a chest tube was for the collapsed lung which happened 3 days after the posterior surgery (which was done first.)

I don't think a chest tube is standard procedure. I did have two drains after the posterior surgery - one in my upper left back and one in my right hip over the bone harvesting site. When I was lying down I was very conscious of those tubes and was afraid I would inadvertently pull one out. Not sure why I was so concerned about it.... :o but they didn't hurt in the least!

naptown78
06-07-2010, 11:30 AM
I had A/P surgery and did not have a chest tube, and my revision surgery was posterior surgery and I had no chest tube. I really don't remember what I had in 2008 because I was so foggy throughout the whole hospitalization, but this most recent surgery I know I just had a Hemovac drain, a pain catheter called a Q Cath (?), That was inserted into the incision and removed after a couple of days, and a central line in my neck. Oh, and the lovely foley catheter.

jesscv
06-08-2010, 10:58 AM
I had posterior-only surgery and did not have a chest tube, but kind of wish I did! I developed a large pleural effusion post-surgery and I had to have a chest tube inserted for a week to drain all the fluid out...