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A 52-year-old member asked:

How long will i need to wait after a lung cancer lobectomy before going back to work?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends: It depends on what a patient does for a living, and what type of surgery they had. If someone had vats, then they should not lift anything > than 20lbs for 1 month. If they had a thoracotomy or "big cut" then no lifting > 20lbs for 2 months. If a patient's work requires driving or operating heavy machinery, then return after they are off narcotics. Otherwise return to work when comfortable.
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
Usually 4-6 wks: But this question is always better answered by the surgeon that operated on your chest. They may have a very good reason to allow you back sooner, or keep you at rest longer. I can promise you they will not mind you asking them!
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Dr. Brian Mott
Dr. Brian Mott commented
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Most of my patients go back to work after a VATS lobectomy by 1 month.
Aug 13, 2012

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine 45 years experience
It depends: It depends upon the type of surgery and whether there are any postoperative complications. Speak to your surgeon.
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