Discharge Instruction

After you are discharged home and you have any questions please call our office at 713-441-5141.

Signs and Symptoms

You should call us if you develop fever, chills, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and worsening productive cough.

Wound Care

In the chest tube site, you may have a bandage or gauze on it. Please remove all bandage or gauze after 48 hours from the site. If fluid drains from the site please cover it with clean gauze pad and secure it with tape. Change the gauze when it is soiled. Once drainage stops you may remove the dressing. If the drainage is persistent please call us. You may have a stitch at the chest tube site, this will be removed in clinic

You should wash the incision daily with soap and water. Please do not put any ointment on the incision. If there is steri-strip (tape) on the incision, you may remove it after one week or when it becomes loose.

If the wound turns red, opens up or there is pus coming out of the wound, please call our office.


You should continue with deep breathing and coughing exercises when you return home. You should continue to walk at least three times a day and sit in a chair instead of lying in bed during the day when you get home.

You should not drive a car while taking pain medication. You should not lift any heavy objects.

It is normal to feel tired after surgery. It will take several weeks to be able to return to your normal routine

Pain Medication

You will be given prescriptions for pain medication that you need. If you run out of the pain medication, take Tylenol for pain. If Tylenol is not adequate please call our office.

Follow-up Appointment

You should make an appointment to be seen in clinic about 3-4 weeks after the surgery.