What Is Paracentesis? 

Paracentesis is a medical procedure in which a thin, sterile needle or catheter is inserted into the abdominal cavity to drain excess fluid. The fluid buildup, known as ascites, can cause abdominal discomfort, bloating, and difficulty breathing. Paracentesis helps alleviate these symptoms and provides diagnostic information about the underlying condition.

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How Is Paracentesis Performed? 

During the paracentesis procedure, patients typically lie on their backs, and the skin in the abdominal area is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. A healthcare provider then carefully inserts a needle or catheter into the abdominal cavity under ultrasound guidance to ensure precision. The excess fluid is slowly drained, and a sample may be sent for laboratory analysis to help diagnose the underlying cause of ascites. 

Why Is Paracentesis Done? 

Paracentesis is done to relieve discomfort and complications associated with abdominal fluid buildup, such as difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, and bloating. Additionally, it can serve as a diagnostic tool to identify the underlying cause of ascites, which can include liver disease or cancer. 

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What to Expect After Paracentesis? 

After the procedure, patients may experience some mild discomfort or fullness in the abdominal area, which typically resolves quickly. They can usually resume normal activities the same day or the following day. The drained fluid is sent for analysis, and results may help guide further treatment. 

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Choosing Meliora Healthcare for Your Paracentesis Procedure 

We understand the discomfort and concerns associated with ascites, and we are committed to providing relief and support to our patients. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of abdominal fluid buildup, contact our office today to schedule an appointment and discuss the possibility of a paracentesis procedure. We are here to help you achieve better comfort and well-being.

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Paracentesis FAQ

What is the purpose of a paracentesis procedure?

Is paracentesis a painful procedure, and how long does it take?

Are there any risks or complications associated with paracentesis?

What is the purpose of a paracentesis procedure?

The primary purpose of a paracentesis procedure is to relieve abdominal discomfort and complications caused by excess fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity, known as ascites. Ascites can lead to symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and difficulty breathing.

Is paracentesis a painful procedure, and how long does it take?

Paracentesis is typically not a painful procedure. Before the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the skin in the abdominal area, minimizing discomfort during the insertion of the needle or catheter. The actual paracentesis procedure is relatively quick, often taking 30 minutes or less.

Are there any risks or complications associated with paracentesis?

Paracentesis is considered a safe and minimally invasive procedure. However, as with any medical intervention, there are potential risks and complications. These are rare but can include infection, bleeding, or injury to nearby organs. Healthcare providers take precautions to minimize these risks, and patients are closely monitored during and after the procedure.

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