U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Milwaukee, WI
A 20-year-old female asked:

How does it really feel when you get a part of your lung removed from a thoracotomy procedure due to pneumothorax? do you feel short of breath?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Thoracotomy: Immediately after surgery you do feel short of breath and it may be necessary to use oxygen for several months.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
A Verified Doctor commented
A US doctor answered Learn more
your breathing should improve gradually.
Apr 6, 2014
Last updated Apr 6, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.