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A 36-year-old member asked:

Gunshot wound to the left lung, how to heal?

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Dr. Joseph Pfeifer
Trauma Surgery 41 years experience
Quickly, usually: Most GSWs to the lung are treated with a tube in the chest, which expands the lung and causes the bleeding to stop. Only 15% require surgery, usually for severe bleeding. Once the tube is out and the lung expanded, the lung heals quickly, usually a week or two.
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 26 years experience
Days to weeks : The fact that you are typing this question means you are doing ok. If you were too sick to type I'd be worried. Most lung gunshots will heal within days and the chest tube can be removed. As long as there are no other hidden injuries you should do well.

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