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A 45-year-old member asked:

is bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery common?

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Dr. ALADIN MARIANO
Thoracic Surgery 49 years experience
No: But, it depends on the pain tolerance of the patient as well as the number of entry points and length of the incision for these ports of entry.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
Chest pain : Chest pain can occur after thorocoscopy, it can be severe at times. But they always keep you comfortable with some pain medications.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 22 years experience
Can be: Though pain is less than traditional open surgery, sensory nerves can be injured causing pain. This is called post thoracotomy syndrome.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery. Any way to treat this?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Contact surgeon: Post-surgical pain, while not completely eliminated, can be alleviated with appropriate medications. It is important to partner with your surgeon. He/she needs to be informed if you are having any symptoms. Please let your surgeon know if anythings seems wrong. He/she needs to know if your wounds are red, inflamed, draining, and if you have fever and if you have new or worsening pain.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery, what to do?

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Thoracic Surgery 20 years experience
Surgeon: Discusse with your surgeon. Pain is often treatable with combination of stretching, tylenol, (acetaminophen) nsaids, and limited low dose narcotics.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What can cause bad chest pain after thoracoscopy surgery?

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Dr. Mary Callahan
Cardiology 29 years experience
Surgical pain: It depends on the type of surgery done and the approach, but the pain is likely due to the procedure itself. Since you have to breathe all the time, you can't immobilize the chest. So the usual approach is to medicate the patient to prevent splinting. Failure to take deep breaths can result in pneumonia or lung collapse. So, take the meds and take deep breaths and cough several times per day.

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