Paracentesis for mesothelioma patients is a surgical procedure that doesn’t offer a cure, but is considered more as a palliative method that has the goal of relieving pain and lessening symptoms.
It is known, that when the infection starts to spread, liquid starts to build up in the abdominal cavity and the area between the lung and peritoneum, and that causes shortness of breath and pain to the patient. Mesothelioma paracentesis removes blood and peritoneal fluid build up from the chest area.
Mesothelioma Paracentesis surgery
This mesothelioma treatment method begins with the doctor numbing the area with help of an anesthetic. Then, the insertion of a needle into the abdomen cavity follows, which helps drain the fluid from the abdominal area and chest. This can take up to several days, and a sample of the drained fluid is sent to be analyzed and establish what approach in healing the asbestos cancer would be the most appropriate.
Other than being uncomfortable for the patient, mesothelioma paracentesis poses little risk and is done safely and efficiently. Because of the high amount of fluid being drained, about ten litres, patients have a chance of experiencing dizziness, but that can be solved by an IV containing fluids that prevent blood pressure issues. If the surgery is performed with dirty or unsterilized instruments, infection could be caused and it is hard to be treated. So make sure that you are undergoing paracentesis in a professional office, and with clean, sterilized instruments.
Paracentesis is usually done by a doctor, in a doctors’ office, but can also be found as a standard ailment in all of the cancer centers dealing with mesothelioma. It is totally covered by insurance, and it poses little financial problems to the patient even if he is not insured.
What patients should avoid when having paracentesis
If the doctor recommends mesothelioma paracentesis surgery you should consider the following:
- Pregnant patients should be cautious
- Patients with heart conditions need to tell that to their doctor so they administer a calming agent before surgery
- You should only consider paracentesis, and it should only be recommended by a physician when you are stable and haven’t been through other kinds of surgery at least two months before this one
There aren’t many down sides to paracentesis, but if you would like to know if you can have mesothelioma paracentesis surgery performed by a doctor, contact asbestosis and mesothelioma centers first and we will help decide if you can undergo the procedure. It is absolutely free.