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What is a JP drain and how does it work? A Jackson-Pratt drain, better known as a JP drain, is used to remove fluids that build up in an area of your body. The JP drain is a bulb-shaped device connected to a catheter (tube) that goes to a fluid collection in your body. The […]

What is a Paracentesis? Paracentesis is a procedure to remove excess fluid (ascites) from the abdomen, specifically within the peritoneal cavity that encases the intestines and other abdominal organs. Why do I need this procedure? You developed fluid in your abdomen (ascites). This can cause you to have distention of your abdomen, abdominal pain, constipation, […]

What are seromas and lymphoceles? A seroma is a collection of clear serous fluid that sometimes develops in the body after surgery or an injury. This fluid is made up of blood plasma that has seeped out of injured small blood vessels and fluid produced by injured and dying cells. This fluid is not infectious […]

What is Thoracentesis? A thoracentesis is a procedure to remove excess fluid that has built up in the space between the linings of the chest wall and the lungs (pleural space). The excess fluid between the chest wall and lung is called a pleural effusion. Why do I need this procedure? You developed fluid in […]

What is an accordion drain? An accordion drain is a collection device connected to your drain that allows for continuous suction from your drain. It consists of a collection bag, where fluid will accumulate as it is being removed from your body and accordion-like pump. The pump, when compressed, allows for continuous suction. Why do […]

What is an abscess and how is it treated? An abscess is a collection of infected fluid, or pus, within the body. It can occur in any part of the body. Antibiotics are often effective to treat the infection, but drainage of the abscess may also be necessary. Abscess drainage was traditionally accomplished with surgical […]

What is a drainage catheter? A drainage catheter is a small, flexible tube with little holes at the end of it to allow fluid to be drained off an area. No one wants a drainage catheter, but now that you’ve got one, there are a few things that you should know. This guide provides information […]

What is an Abdominal PleurX? An abdominal PleurX is a small, flexible catheter (tube) that is placed in the peritoneal space of your abdomen and used to remove peritoneal fluid (ascites). The PleurX™ drainage system lets you take control of uncomfortable and painful symptoms from pleural effusions or ascites. A safe, proven option that more […]

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