What is the role of surgery in the treatment of pneumothorax?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Brian J Daley, MD, MBA, FACS, FCCP, CNSC; Chief Editor: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM  more...
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If the patient has had repeated episodes of pneumothorax or if the lung remains unexpanded after 5 days with a chest tube in place, operative therapy such as the following may be necessary:

  • Thoracoscopy: Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS)
  • Electrocautery: Pleurodesis or sclerotherapy
  • Laser treatment
  • Resection of blebs or pleura
  • Open thoracotomy

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