Use of small-bore silastic drains in general thoracic surgery

Masafumi Yamaguchi, Ichiro Yoshino, Toshifumi Kameyama, Atsushi Osoegawa, Tetsuzo Tagawa, Tomofumi Yohena, Yoshihiko Maehara

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Study Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of small-bore, silastic drains for patients undergoing general thoracic surgery. Patients and Methods: Twenty-five patients who received soft, small-bore, silastic drains were compared with 17 patients who received semi-rigid double lumen (DL) tubes retrospectively. Results: The pain score was significantly lower in patients who received the silastic tubes in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) cases on postoperative days 5 and 6, after continuous epidural analgesia had finished (P=0.018). No specific morbidity was seen in the patients who received silastic tubes. Conclusion: We considered that soft, small-bore silastic drains were just as effective as traditional DL tubes, but caused less pain especially in VATS cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-158
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Gastroenterology


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