Procedure for Pneumothorax: Comprehensive Guide

Nov 14, 2023

Welcome to Neumark Surgery, a trusted name in thoracic medicine. Our team of expert doctors, medical centers, and plastic surgeons are here to provide the best possible care for patients with pneumothorax. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the procedure for pneumothorax, including detailed information on diagnosis and treatment options.

What is Pneumothorax?

Pneumothorax is a medical condition characterized by the presence of air or gas in the pleural cavity, the space between the lungs and the chest wall. This can lead to the partial or complete collapse of the affected lung. The condition can be caused by various factors, such as trauma, underlying lung diseases, or spontaneous lung rupture.

Diagnosing Pneumothorax

Diagnosing pneumothorax typically involves a combination of clinical evaluation, medical history review, and diagnostic imaging techniques. Common methods used to diagnose pneumothorax include:

  • Chest X-ray: A chest x-ray is often the first diagnostic imaging test performed to detect the presence of air in the pleural cavity. It can help confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the collapse.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan: CT scans provide more detailed images of the chest, allowing doctors to assess the underlying cause and severity of the pneumothorax.
  • Ultrasound: An ultrasound may be performed to visualize the pleural cavity and guide certain procedures, such as needle aspiration or chest tube insertion.

Treating Pneumothorax

The treatment approach for pneumothorax depends on several factors, including the underlying cause, severity of the condition, and the patient's overall health. Common treatment options include:


If the pneumothorax is small and the patient is not experiencing any symptoms, a watchful waiting approach may be adopted. In these cases, regular monitoring is necessary to ensure the condition does not worsen.

Needle Aspiration

In certain cases, a needle aspiration procedure may be performed to remove the accumulated air from the pleural cavity. This procedure involves inserting a needle through the chest wall to aspirate the air and re-expand the lung.

Chest Tube Insertion

For larger or recurrent pneumothorax cases, a chest tube insertion may be necessary. This procedure involves the placement of a thin tube into the pleural cavity to drain the air and allow the lung to re-expand. It is often accompanied by a suction system to aid in air evacuation.

Lung Re-expansion Techniques

In cases where the lung is not re-expanding even after the removal of air, additional techniques may be used to promote lung re-expansion. These techniques may include positive pressure ventilation or chemical pleurodesis, which stimulates pleural adhesion to prevent recurrent pneumothorax.

Trust Neumark Surgery for Pneumothorax Treatment

At Neumark Surgery, our team of experienced doctors and medical centers specialize in diagnosing and treating pneumothorax. We understand the importance of accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plans to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Our plastic surgeons have years of expertise in thoracic surgery and are highly skilled in performing procedures such as needle aspiration, chest tube insertion, and other advanced techniques for managing pneumothorax.

Why Choose Neumark Surgery?

  1. Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment options.
  2. Expert doctors and plastic surgeons specialized in thoracic medicine.
  3. State-of-the-art medical centers equipped with advanced diagnostic imaging technology.
  4. Personalized care and follow-up support.
  5. Proven track record of successful pneumothorax treatments.

Don't let pneumothorax disrupt your life. Contact Neumark Surgery today to schedule a consultation and get the expert care you deserve. We are committed to delivering the best outcomes and helping our patients regain their quality of life.