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What is recovery like after having a thymoma removed

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Faridi
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
3-4 week: Usual time 3-4 week.
Dr. Thomas Birdas
25 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends on approach: Standard approach would be through a sternotomy (splitting the breast bone) which would typically require 4-6 weeks recovery. There are minimally inva ... Read More
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: If you have thymoma removed by "traditional" technique, median sternotomy (split breast bone), recovery can be several months. Modern techniques will ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
18 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Maybe: Recovery after thymoma differs depending on the type of surgery done to remove the thymus e.g. Sternotomy, cervical approach, minimally invasive (vats ... Read More
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Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Abnormal: But common. Sternal incisions are uncomfortable for a few months. If thoracotomy, may be a bit longer since the ribs are more mobile than a wired st ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
38 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Should'nt: The benign tumor was excissed and that is the treatment of choice. Once removed, wounds heal in the normal fashion. Once wounds heal there is really n ... Read More
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Cured: More likely than not you are cured! talk with your doc or surgeon low chance of recurrence if you have the correct info.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience General Surgery
Sternotomy: is surgical incision through bone, and bone can take a long time to heal. But 4 months seems a bit too long. You should consult with your surgeon, w ... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
63 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: While thymomas are not the most common mediatinal tumor they do occur and occasionally reach a size greater than 5 cm. The malignant versions are mor ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Unknown cause: Like many other Cancers, the cause of Thymoma is unknown. It is simply an accident of nature and sheer bad luck!
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Birdas
25 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Unlikely: To have any significant weight changes.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience Rheumatology
Well....: I don't mean to shock you, but it is a type of cancer or pre-cancerous tumor. The thymus is a gland that sits on/near the heart. It is largest and pro ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Birdas
25 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Thymus gland: Which is found behind your sternum (breastbone).
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. SAMAR GUPTA
20 years experience Internal Medicine
Slow: Slow - slow.

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