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A 23-year-old male asked:

My brother had a punctured lung and had a surgery.since 1 week he is on ventilator still there are no signs of recovery.how much time it will take.?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Terry Simpson
General Surgery 36 years experience
Time: Sorry to hear about that. He may take time because the damage to the lung has to heal. So anticipate another week at least. Talk with the lung doctor.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
By what?: Gunshgt? Knife spontaneous? Most leaks resolve with surgery and tube drainage but it can take 2-3 weeks if the leak is big- there are some surgical tricks, staples, glue, etc that can be used on the worst leaks. Some items: 1. Stop bleeding 2 remove damaged lung tissue 3 save as much lung as possible.

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Last updated May 18, 2013

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