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A 54-year-old female asked:

i love to workout. i just had a right lung collapse. when and how to start back working out?

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Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
Pneumothorax?: If you had a pneumothorax and required a chest tube with or without surgery it may take a month before you can get back to routine. But you should be able to walk as much as you like. If you had a collapse from pneumonia and no surgery it may take two plus weeks until you can return to routine. You common sense for exercise and return to work after any illness.
Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Pneumothorax: Generally excellent recovery saw your other question too depends on findings, and interventions like chest tube, or vats smoker emphysema age othe pulmonary diseases family be careful for a month or so. Surgeon will get x-ray to be sure you are expanded and no problem. Start like a novice and work back to full, program. Pain-stop fatigue-rest.

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Last updated Apr 12, 2013

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