How can fluid formation after bypass surgery be treated?
Q: My 61 years old father underwent bypass surgery two months back. He is a diabetic and for the last 16 years on insulin. After returning home, he developed pleural effusion and was readmitted to the hospital for 12 days. He was drained thrice, not more than a litre at a time and the fluid was sent for analysis. The latest X-ray reports decline in effusion. How can my father fully recover?
A:Fluid formation after bypass surgery may occur some times and usually it settles in about 4-6 weeks time, once the raw areas inside the chest heal. As you already mentioned that the fluid has become much less after tapping and the chances are, as time goes by, fluid accumulation is unlikely to happen. As per your part, you can only do deep breathing and physiotherapy exercises of the chest and not worry about this accumulation, as it might not have any long term consequences.