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Diaphragmatic Plication

Diaphragmatic plication is a procedure used to surgically treat diaphragmatic eventrations/paralysis. The procedure involves repositioning and/or reshaping the diaphragm to expand lung capacity and ultimately, improve breathing difficulties caused by these conditions.

At NorthShore, our thoracic surgery team offers several minimally invasive techniques for performing diaphragmatic plication, including:

These procedures involve the insertion of pencil-thin endoscopic tools and a miniature camera through small incisions (1 to 2 inches) made in the chest area for VATS and robotic surgery, or the abdomen for laparoscopic surgery.

Preparing for a Diaphragmatic Plication

You will need to be seen by your primary care physician or pulmonologist prior to undergoing the procedure. Your pre-operative clearance will include a discussion of your medical history and a physical exam. You may be required to undergo several diagnostic tests, including:

What to Expect

Diaphragmatic plication is performed under general anesthesia and typically requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

After your procedure, your pain will be controlled using one of several methods: a pump that delivers pain medicine through your intravenous line at your demand, by a nurse administering medicine through your intravenous line at your request, or through oral medicines. 

You will want to arrange to have someone drive you home upon discharge from the hospital.

For More Information

To schedule an appointment with one of our thoracic surgeons, please call 847.570.2868.