• Pleurodesis (surgical procedure to remove fluids from lungs)

    Asked by Hellbent on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Pleurodesis (surgical procedure to remove fluids from lungs)

    Has anyone undergone a pleurodesis procedure to surgically remove fluid buildup from the lungs; not a thoracentesis? If so, what experiences can you share - good or bad? My husband (Stage IV CRC with mets to the lungs) recently saw a thoracic surgeon, who recommends he go this route, instead of continuing to have a thoracentesis procedure, as needed. Appreciate your honest feedback.

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    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      Honestly, this is scary but it also has a 'good' success rate with cancer in the lungs.

      May I take it that you have gotten more than one independent opinion and that this is a recurring problem? Are the mets in the fluid?

      Here are a couple of studies. Please understand that I knew nothing of this before you asked your question. Ask the doctor or surgeon what he is hoping to accomplish with this procedure. Is the thoracentesis so awful that your husband wants to risk this? Is the fluid removed through thoracentesis malignant?

      There are risks to everything. Gather as much information as possible. Talk it over and go with your gut instincts.

      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3903610/

      http://www.oatext.com/Pleurodesis-in-malignant-pleural-effusions-Outcome-and-predictors-of-success.php

      Best wishes and very good luck to your family.

      about 2 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      P. S. It couldnt hurt to offer up your phone number and ask that a patient or two or three call you and tell you how pleased they are with the results.

      about 2 years ago
    • Hellbent's Avatar
      Hellbent

      Geekling - thank you for taking the time to respond and provide additional info. Yes, I agree this procedure is terribly scary and not at the top of our list. However, I wanted to cast the net wide on getting anecdotal info or any life experiences. We did get a second opinion...and a third today. We have decided to continue with the thoracentesis procedure route, until we uncover the right clinical trial or therapy treatment for my husband. #Pushingforwardwithvigilance,faith&knowledge

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I searched our Experiences tab for that term, and this is what I got back. There are a quite a few experiences mentioned or discussed. Follow this link>> https://www.whatnext.com/search/experiences?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search%5Bquery%5D=Pleurodesis&commit=Search

      about 2 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      That link is apparently too long for our system, try this one. http://bit.ly/2IuoLPb

      about 2 years ago
    • Hellbent's Avatar
      Hellbent

      Thanks Greg! I had searched and read those...reinforcing my concerns.

      about 2 years ago

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