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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Pneumonectomy (Definition)

Pneumonectomy is removal of lung tissue. If is probably most frequently performed ...Read more


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After having a pneumonectomy when will I be able to jog?

After having a pneumonectomy when will I be able to jog?

It depends!: First, were you able to jog before? If so, then you should be able to do so afterwards. More importantly, this is a question that is best addressed by your surgeon, hopefully pre-operatively. S/he should address all your questions & concerns before the operation (given that it's not emergent). S/he can also go over your recovery & what to expect when. Regardless of what we say here, go see ur doc. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to go jogging after my pneumonectomy?

Will I still be able to go jogging after my pneumonectomy?

Possibly: Depends on your level of lung function prior to surgery. If your remaining lung works well, you may have few, if any, limitations. ...Read more

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I heard that pneumonectomy has one of the highest in-hospital mortality rates. Is this true?

I heard that pneumonectomy has one of the highest in-hospital mortality rates. Is this true?

No: Pneumonectomy, with correct planning, can be done safely with close to a 3% mortality rate. Left sided pneumonectomy is considered safer than right sided pneumonectomy. That is mostly due to the fact that you are simply taking out slightly more lung on the right than the left. Chemotherapy and radiation all factor in to decisions to proceed with pneumonectomy or not. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

Entire lung: A pneumonectomy is the removal of the entire lung on one side, usually for lung cancer. Thoracic surgeons now trie to avoid pneumonectomy by performing what are called lung sparing procedures, such as sleeve lobectomy. See a board certified thoracic surgeon before undergoing a pneumonectomy. ...Read more

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Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Benefit vs risk: A pneumonectomy is a major surgery in which an entire lung is removed. Like any major surgery, there can be complications - some serious. Risks include bleeding, infection, irregular heartbeat, blood clots after surgery, & even a heart attack. However, if you have a serious illness like lung cancer, the benefit to surgery may outweigh the risks. I urge you to discuss concerns w/ your doctor. ...Read more

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How long until I don't feel pain from a pneumonectomy?

How long until I don't feel pain from a pneumonectomy?

Three to six weeks.: The pain will decrease each week as healing takes place. The is mostly from the muscles in between the ribs being stretched. In some cases a small piece of bone or cartilage may have to be removed to create a window for the instrumentation to to be introduced and manipulated through. Use a pillow to hug it and thus support the rib cage when you are doing your breathing exercises. This will help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pneumonectomy?

What is the definition or description of: pneumonectomy?

Lung removal: Pneumonectomy is removal of lung tissue. If is probably most frequently performed for localized lung cancer. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After someone has a pneumonectomy what happens next? What's recovery like?

Need expert advice. After someone has a pneumonectomy what happens next? What's recovery like?

Depends: Depends on how good your other lung is. One would expect to have less exercise capacity but how much you notice this depends on how your lung function was generally pre-op and by how active you are. Someone who is sedentary may not even miss the lost capacity for example. ...Read more

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How much more risky or dangerous is it to perform a pneumonectomy on someone who had a bypass surgery 8 years previous?

How much more risky or dangerous is it to perform a pneumonectomy on someone who had a bypass surgery 8 years previous?

Significant: Unusual also since pnemonectomy is most common for cancer that is extensive.
If on left must be careful with mammary graft.
Wedge or lobectomy
are well tolerated if the heart function is good.
Consider a cath to be sure of graft status.
With good preparation, it is possible. ...Read more

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If a segment of your vagus nerve was surgically removed during a pneumonectomy, is there anything besides reglan (metoclopramide) which can restore esophageal action?

If a segment of your vagus nerve was surgically removed during a pneumonectomy, is there anything besides reglan (metoclopramide) which can restore esophageal action?

Yes: A lot depends on the symptoms you are having. If you feel that food is hanging up in the esophagus, then fluid should be taken with the meal and between bites to facilitate movement of foods into the stomach. ...Read more

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Post left pneumonectomy pain in left arm, shoulder and hand. Work on a computer 7hrs/day. What is causing numbness/pain/tingling in my left arm?

Post left pneumonectomy pain in left arm, shoulder and hand. Work on a computer 7hrs/day. What is causing numbness/pain/tingling in my left arm?

Could be from: The procedure (irritation of pinching of the nerve) but also you may have unrelated cervical or lower thoracic degenerative disease that is causing the symptoms. I believe you need to see either a neurologist have and through evaluation and run certain test like nerve conduction test and possible MRI of the cervical and upper thoracic region. Clinically you have neuropathy. ...Read more

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I am 4 months post op tummy tuck what will be the best exercise to tone my tummy?

I am 4 months post op tummy tuck what will be the best exercise to tone my tummy?

Ask Surgeon...: Given that you have had surgery relatively recently, your plastic surgeon will be your best guide when it comes to returning to specific exercise/activities. Generally speaking, a gradual ('listen to your body") return to cardiovascular/weightlifting/flexibility exercises along with a careful attention to healthy diet, will help you achieve/maintain the best long-term results possible. Best wishes ...Read more

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What can be included in the best diet following post-op endoscopic prepatellar bursectomy where there is LOTS of swelling?

What can be included in the best diet following post-op endoscopic prepatellar bursectomy where there is LOTS of swelling?

Diet: Has nothing to do with pre-patellar bursitis. Eat well and stay thin. Compression and ice is good prophylaxis for the post-op swelling. Endoscopy for pre-patellar bursitis is an unusual treatment unless conservative care, which is almost always effective, fails repeatedly. Then you wonder why it failed. ...Read more

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I am an active mature female triathlete and need a THA. Which prosthetic is best for continued post-op sports? I am 5' 4", 110 lbs, BMI of 19.3.

I am an active mature female triathlete and need a THA. Which prosthetic is best for continued post-op sports? I am 5' 4", 110 lbs, BMI of 19.3.

No good prosthesis: As an orthopaedic surgeon with 30 years experience, I believe that after you have a total hip, I would not recommend continuation in high impact running. Bicycling and swimming are fine, but to best of my knowledge I believe that a any brand of total hip will not weather that kind of activity. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the best neck exercise for post op posterior cervical foraminotomy? (I also had an anterior ACF - C4-5 & 5-6 - 4 mos out for severe stenosis).

What is the best neck exercise for post op posterior cervical foraminotomy? (I also had an anterior ACF - C4-5 & 5-6 - 4 mos out for severe stenosis).

Ask your Surgeon: With your underlying spinal issues and previous surgery, it is important to ask your Neuro-surgeon/Surgeon what exercises are best for you, as each pt is different and your specific case may warrant a different recommendation regarding the exercises you should be doing. Best wishes. ...Read more

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10 yeas post op can't keep weight on due to ulcers /scar tissue blocking food from leaving stomach what is best way to resolve issue?

10 yeas post op can't keep weight on due to ulcers /scar tissue blocking food from leaving stomach what is best way to resolve issue?

Can't answer here: Too many issues that may affect this to answer here. Need to see doc, get testing to be able to answer. ...Read more

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What is a post op seroma?

What is a post op seroma?

Fluid Collection: It is normal and expected for tissue fluid to seep into any open space that follows an operation--we call these fluid collections seromas. In time, the fluid is absorbed and replaced by scar tissue. Rarely, this fluid persists, requiring aspiration, or becomes infected, requiring drainage. Bottom line: 99% of the time, no worries. ...Read more

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Pain after endometriosis removal (1 week post op)?

Pain after endometriosis removal (1 week post op)?

Post-op pain: It's pretty common to have on-again off-again pain for several weeks after surgery, but if it's severe or doesn't resolve quickly you need to call your surgeon asap - that's what he/she wants you to do. ...Read more

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Do I need to go in for post op after an amniocentesis?

Do I need to go in for post op after an amniocentesis?

No.: The needling procedures do not require postoperative check - the needle trauma is minimal and complications are rare. Specific symptoms to look out for and promptly report to your physician/hospital er: vaginal bleeding, leaking fluid per vaginam, fever >100f, worsening lower abdominal/back cramping. Bedrest for the day of the procedure is advisable, but may return to normal activity the next day. ...Read more

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Who do I call if intern didn't answer my post op questions?

His supervisor: Ask the senior resident or the attending physician. ...Read more

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What is the probable cause of an elevated temperature post op?

What is the probable cause of an elevated temperature post op?

Often infection: There are many possible causes of a post-operative fever. Infections (pneumonia, urinary tract infection, surgical wound) are one possibility as well as blood clots and inflammation need to be considered. ...Read more

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I'm 3wks post op and already thinking about revision. Is it too early?

I'm 3wks post op and already thinking about revision. Is it too early?

Discuss with surgeon: Don't know what kind of surgery this was. Talk to your surgeon and give the area a chance to heal before making any decisions. ...Read more