Routine underwater seal drains are not required after transthoracic oesophagectomy: a pilot study.

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OBJECTIVE Underwater seal drainage of the pleural cavity has been standard practice after transthoracic oesophagectomy. However these chest tubes cause pain and hamper mobility, thereby causing significant morbidity and delaying recovery. We postulated that if complete lung expansion and optimum pulmonary function could be achieved and maintained following… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2008.11.018

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