This can require a longer stay in the hospital for drainage with chest tubes.
However, not all these cases of pneumothorax need treatment with a chest tube.
The doctor can use a chest tube to drain the blood.
A chest tube can remove the air and let the lung expand again.
After heart surgery, chest tubes are placed to drain blood.
The chest tube, I soon discovered, was only periodically painful.
He's had a chest tube in the last ten hours, they tell me.
The chest tube can be left in place for several days.
However, you may be able to go home if a small chest tube is used.
A collapsed lung will often need treatment with a chest tube.