You will receive local anesthesia. You will be awake, but the area will be numb.
Description of the Procedure
The area where the needle will be placed is cleaned. A drape will be put over the area. The numbing medicine will be injected nearby. A needle will be carefully inserted into the belly. The fluid will be drawn out through the syringe.
The amount of fluid that is removed will depend on your needs. A sample of fluid may be sent for testing. If you still have problems, more fluid will be removed until you feel better.
How Long Will It Take?
About 10-15 minutes, depending on how much fluid needs to be removed
How Much Will It Hurt?
The anesthesia will block pain during the procedure. Medicines will help ease pain afterwards.
At the Care Center
You will stay in the recovery room for a few hours. Your blood pressure and other vital signs will be watched. If you have a lot of fluid leakage or are having trouble breathing, you may need to stay in the care center.
You will be able to return to normal activities. You will need to check on the insertion site to watch for signs of infection.
Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor if any of these occur:
Fever or chills
Redness, swelling, pain, bleeding, or fluid leaking from the needle site
Pain that you can’t control with the medicines you were given
Coughing, breathing problems, feeling faint, or chest pain
Your belly starts to swell up
If you think you have an emergency, call for emergency medical services right away.
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