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Qikdraw
10-18-2008, 03:48 PM
I've seen a few people post they have had tubes in their chest for the surgery, and I'm just wondering if this is normal or not. For my surgery I had two tubes stuck in the side of my chest, I don't remember if it was one for each surgery, or both at once. But I do have the scars from them, and there are two. :)

I thought they were to drain my lungs as I had fluid buildup in them after my surgeries. But then they also stuck a vacuum tube down my resperator tubes to suck out fluids as well. Let me tell you that was fun! :rolleyes: I hated it when they did that, cause it also sucked out all the air in my lungs too. It is my belief that air in the lungs is a good thing...

So now I am confused as to what the tubes were for. So can someone fill me in on what tubes are put in for?

Thanks, :)

Brad

Susie*Bee
10-18-2008, 04:31 PM
Not me. I've been wondering too. :confused:

Geish
10-18-2008, 05:41 PM
I didn't have tubes in my chest but I did have 2 small tubes in my back for drainage. They came out a few days after surgery. Not sure if we are talking about the same thing here.

Karen Ocker
10-18-2008, 06:51 PM
With some scoliosis surgeries--anterior approach usually, one lung is deflated by the anesthesia provider so that it doesn't get in the way of the surgeon.
The other lung continues to be ventilated. At the end of surgery, when they close the chest area, that deflated lung remains collapsed. Suction is applied in the chest cavity outside that lung for a couple of days to help it reinflate normally. An X-ray is taken to make sure and the tube is pulled out.

Nancy Joy
10-19-2008, 06:50 PM
Not positive this is the same but I had 2 in my back to drain fluids off the surgical site. There really was a lot of drainage and I was glad that was not all just draining into my body. I felt some freedom when they came out as I had to be careful not to lay on the disc like pouches that the fluids went into.

Qikdraw
10-19-2008, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the responces. :) Maybe my tubes were just general drainage tubes. Mine were in my side though, not in my back. I do not know if that makes a difference as to their purpose or not... ???

Brad

PNUTTRO
10-20-2008, 09:28 AM
Maybe my tubes were just general drainage tubes. Mine were in my side though, not in my back. I do not know if that makes a difference as to their purpose or not... ???

Brad

The tube in your side, was likely the chest tube that Karen referred to. You also mention being on a respirator (ventilator). Most people are not put on a ventilator post-operatively. Both are used to improve you lung function.

You most likely had incision drains as well--maybe you don't remember.

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debbei
10-20-2008, 04:10 PM
I just had 2 drains from my back removed today, 5 days after surgery. They were these little football shaped platic balls that filled up with really icky looking bloody stuff. They drained and measured them 2 or 3 times a day. Removed them when they were down to a certain level each day. Feels much better with them gone, the one side hurt when I layed on it.

Qikdraw
10-20-2008, 04:11 PM
Brad

The tube in your side, was likely the chest tube that Karen referred to. You also mention being on a respirator (ventilator). Most people are not put on a ventilator post-operatively. Both are used to improve you lung function.

You most likely had incision drains as well--maybe you don't remember.

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Most likely I do not remember I'll have to give my mother a call and see if she remembers. I was on a lot of morphine in ICU. :D I spent 4 days there the first surgery and 3 the second. I didn't like the ventelator very much, specially when they came to 'clean' my lungs. Not fun. Plus I could not speak with the tubes there. (I used a clipboard with paper on it to communicate)

Yes, defiantely time to call my mother. Mom's know everything! :D

Brad