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Lung Puncture Surgery In Abu Dhabi


There are many lung conditions, some being curable and some fatal. One such medical condition is Lung Puncture or Pneumothorax. A minor pneumothorax may present fewer or no symptoms, but you may require surgical intervention if the air leakage is large.

Our cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Taj Chowdhry, is an expert in minimally-invasive key-hole Lung Puncture Surgery in Abu Dhabi and holds a successful track record of the same.

Lung Puncture Surgery In Abu Dhabi

What exactly is Lung Puncture or Pneumothorax?

When air leaks into the space between your lung and the chest wall, the condition is known as a Pneumothorax. The pressure from the air pushing on the outside of the lung leads to a Collapsed Lung or a Lung Puncture.

Normally, there is no air in the chest cavity. In fact, negative pressure holds the lung to the chest wall, and when air is introduced into the chest cavity, the negative pressure is lost, and the lung collapses. Air can enter the pleural cavity as a result of an injury, but in many cases, the cause is unknown (spontaneous). This is frequently attributed to air leaking from the lung as a result of weaknesses or burst small bubbles (blebs) on the surface.

Causes of Lung Puncture or Pneumothorax

The following medical conditions can result in a collapsed lung:

  • Asthma
  • Pneumonia
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Vascular disease caused by collagen
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Emphysema
  • Pulmonary fibrosis caused by an unknown cause
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis
  • Marfan syndrome (Genetic disorder)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) – caused by pneumonia, a coronavirus, or other illnesses

You may also need Pneumothorax Treatment in Abu Dhabi if you have encountered a collapsed lung condition due to certain lifestyle issues such as:

  • Drug use, particularly inhaled drugs
  • Flying with abrupt changes in air pressure
  • Scuba diving or deep sea diving
  • Smoking

Symptoms of Lung Puncture

Most common indicators of a punctured lung are as follows:

  • Chest pain that worsens after coughing or inhaling deeply
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Breathing patterns that are abnormal
  • Tightness in the chest
  • A rapid heart rate
  • Skin that is pale or blue due to a lack of oxygen
  • Fatigue

If these symptoms are acute and chronic, you may be recommended Lung Puncture Surgery In Abu Dhabi.

Dr Taj's Lung Puncture Surgery in Abu Dhabi

Surgery for Pneumothorax is usually indicated in two situations. The first is when the air leak is severe (lasting more than 5 days), or the lung fails to re-expand despite the use of a drain. The second is after you have recovered from a pneumothorax episode and are thinking about how to prevent it from happening again.

The risk of the lung collapsing again after the first Pneumothorax ranges from 28 to 54%. Recurrences can be prevented through surgery that involves rubbing the inside of the chest wall (pleural abrasion), removing the lining of the chest wall (pleurectomy), or injecting powder into the chest cavity (talc pleurodesis). All three are intended to cause scar tissue, resulting in the lung adhering to the chest wall.

When it comes to Pneumothorax Treatment in Abu Dhabi, Dr Taj specialises in the following types of surgeries:


This procedure will assist in reattaching the two membranes (called pleura) surrounding your lung. This will aid in the prevention of:

  • The accumulation of fluid or air between these two membranes.

This can be accomplished in two ways:

  • via a chest drain (you will be awake, but the area will be numb due to local anaesthesia)
  • via keyhole surgery (you will be asleep due to general anaesthesia)

Abrasion of the pleural membrane

By gently rubbing the inner side of your chest wall, the surgeon will ‘irritate’ it. This aids your lung’s adhesion to it. Following this procedure, you will usually have a chest drain inserted.


The removal of the outermost of the two membrane layers (pleura) that surround the lung, causing the lung to adhere to the inside of the chest wall and prevent further collapse.


The removal of the outermost of the two membrane layers (pleura) that surround the lung, causing the lung to adhere to the inside of the chest wall and prevent further collapse.


This is a surgical procedure that removes bullae. Bullae are sac-like areas about 1cm in diameter that are filled with oxygen-depleted air. They are more common in people who are predisposed to pneumothorax, such as tall thin men (caused by tissue stretching) and heavy smokers (as a result of smoking-related damage).

By removing them, healthy air sacs have more room to expand, promoting better breathing and oxygen intake.

Dr Taj Chowdhry-
Highly skilled at Lung Puncture Surgery In Abu Dhabi

Dr Taj Chowdhry is a specialist in the field of lung puncture surgery and has achieved great success in providing this specialised medical care to those living in Abu Dhabi.

His extensive experience, knowledge, and exclusive skill set to perform niche surgeries like these have enabled him to provide his patients with excellent results and high-quality outcomes. He takes pride in delivering exceptional patient care with every procedure he performs and is dedicated to providing his patients with the best possible outcome from their treatment.

Book a consultation if you are looking for specialised cardiothoracic treatment and care.