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Collapsed lung surgery. Could it 100% stop future collapses?

Collapsed lung surgery. Could it 100% stop future collapses?

Close: Depends on the type of procedure done. Generally, the success rate is very good, with few recurrances seen. ...Read more

Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more


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For how long does recovery take from lung surgery?

For how long does recovery take from lung surgery?

Depends: A lot depends on the procedure done, the approach used, the immediate post op care, and the patients condition going into the procedure. In general, open procedures take 6-8 weeks to recover, and minimally invasive procedures 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage IV lung cancer?

What sort of recovery rates are there for lung surgery for stage IV lung cancer?

Not good: Overall, the probability of 5 year survival is in the single digits. There are exceptions. Single metastases to the brain or adrenal gland, if the lymph nodes are uninvolved, can be treated sequentially and followed with chemotherapy. The survival is 35-30 or so percent. If the adrenal gland metastasis shows up later, rather than at initial diagnosis, surgery and chemo can yield 45% 5 yr. Survival. ...Read more

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I had lung surgery just over 4 months ago on my right side and my left side had collapsed 3 times but not for over 3 years is it safe to fly toamerica?

I had lung surgery just over 4 months ago on my right side and my left side had collapsed 3 times but not for over 3 years is it safe to fly toamerica?

Discuss: Most important is to discuss with your surgeon first. In general, depending on why you had surgery, what surgery was performed, and if you had postop complications; most patients can travel by plane by 6 weeks after surgery. Your most recent postop chest x-ray will be critical in decision. ...Read more

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Why am i having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

Why am i having collapsed lung after heart surgery?

Several: Several reasons: air in the chest is very common as the very delicate pleura may be entered anytime. This is called collapse- pneumothorax. The chest tubes drain fluid and air. Post operative atelectasis is also called collapse and follows chest surgery, pain, poor cough, and improves with incentive spirometry, cough with pain control. ...Read more

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My brother in law is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. They put a tube in his chest and he is going for his second surgery tomorrow. ?

Recurrent problem: The collapsed lung is called a spontaneous pneumothorax if it happens without prior trauma. If he has anatomical blebs in his lung or his doctors feel he is at high risk for recurrence they may do a bleb resection and/or a pleurodesis which is deliberate scarring to force the lung to adhere to the chest wall so it can't collapse again as is prone to happen in some people. ...Read more

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How quickly after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

How quickly after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

Cancer surgery?: It will take days to a week to get the pathology report and even if the specimen suggests "they got it all", it may be years before it can be said it was successful. ...Read more

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How safe is it to box after lung surgery?

How safe is it to box after lung surgery?

Not: At baseline, boxing or pugilistic sports are not by their nature safe. That said, ability to box at baseline level of unsafe after surgery depends greatly on reason for and type of surgery. You should discuss return to activities and expectations with your surgeon. ...Read more

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When after lung surgery will you know if it was success?

Depends: Lung surgery is done for a variety of conditions, including cancer. The specific type of problem needs to be described before knowing what the procedure is, and what to expect from the results. Generally speaking, you wait for the pathology results to see how things went. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Eric Weisman
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Collapse (Definition)

Collapse refers to falling from the upright position to the ground. Circulatory collapse means the blood circulation is failing due to problems such as poor pumping from the heart, low blood volume ...Read more