A member asked:

In november i had thoracic surgery on my side , recently i started feeling pain like i was being stabbed in those wounds .! what do i do ?

6 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Creighton Wright answered

Specializes in surgery

Sometimes a thoracic nerve is entrapped and can respond to local injection of steroid or anesthetic, but likely need an x-ray and exam to be sure it is a local situation.

Answered Jun 18, 2013



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Dr. David Savage answered

Specializes in

I would ask your surgeon, but i can make a few comments. It is not unusual to have scar tissue remodel for a year after chest surgery, and that can hurt. Nerves can remodel too, and that causes pain. What you have is likely a post thoracotomy pain syndrome, which is not rare, but you should go to your surgeon before it gets out of hand.

Answered May 18, 2014


Dr. Craig Carter answered

Specializes in Thoracic Surgery

Your surgeon is there not only to perform your operation, but also to follow you to make sure everything goes well. Most surgeons understand that it is not only the operation that is important, but the follow-up as well. Call today for an evaluation.

Answered Jun 2, 2017


Dr. Mark Soberman answered

Specializes in Surgery - Thoracic

May be normal postop pain, but call and/or see your surgeon

Answered Jan 8, 2018



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