Thoracentesis is a procedure to remove excess fluid from the pleural space (the area between the outside of the lungs and the chest wall.

What to Expect?

You will be taken to our interventional suite where you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then using imaging guidance, a needle is inserted into the pleural space to remove any excess fluid. You may feel a stinging sensation from the anesthetic and/or pressure as the needle is inserted. Following the procedure, a dressing is applied to the puncture site, and you will be monitored by a nurse in the recovery room for a period of time.

Patient Preparation

Please inform the nurse if you have any allergies to medications or anesthesia, have bleeding problems, or might be pregnant.