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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

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


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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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I had a spontaneous pneumothorax(collapsed lung 40%) 2 months ago. I got the staple/adhesive surgery(pleurodesis). Was told it was genetic and it happens to tall thin guys like me, smoker or nonsmoker. Would vaporizing cannabis be ok once I am healed?

There are some...: The report suggests you are vulnerable to have its recurrence. In respect to life reality, it is advisable to avoid any known forms of health-insulting/inflicting life events since life is a one-way street of accumulation, modification, & continuation. More? Go to articles listed in http://formefirst.com/onLifeBasics.html if you want to look nicer, feel better, and live longer. ...Read more

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Appendix surgery 7 days ago. 2 days ago throwing up. Fever at 99.8. Feeling sick. Collapsed lung. Trouble breathing. Light handedness. Arm and leg feel numb?

Appendix surgery 7 days ago. 2 days ago throwing up. Fever at 99.8. Feeling sick. Collapsed lung. Trouble breathing. Light handedness. Arm and leg feel numb?

Time to go to er : I am not sure what exactly you are asking about, having listed out several different problems that need further explanation. Best place to do this is in the ER, especially since you are post-op with a possible fever. ...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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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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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 does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Why does only one lung collapse in spontaneous pneumothorax?

Great Question: And I have a better answer: unlike the american bison, most mammals have two separate pleural or lung cavities. If one lung collapses, the problem does not usually affect the other side. This is why bison were easy to hunt. If you hit one side of the chest, both lungs could collapse. The picture shows human anatomy, wish i could also post a bison picture as they are majestic creatures. ...Read more

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When is open lung surgery required?

When is open lung surgery required?

Work in progress!: Open surgery is required when the proper procedure cannot be performed safely and successfully by lesser means. Expertise in minimally invasive techniques is growing by the day so less open cases are required but there are still times when anatomy, exposure, or the disease process dictate an open chest approach. ...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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Tell me about lvrs lung surgery for copd?

Tell me about lvrs lung surgery for copd?

LVRS: Lung volume reduction surgery is the removal of the least compliant and least functioning part of the lung surgically to allow the more normal lung that was compressed to expand. This would have the same theory as that of bullectomy in bullous emphysema. ...Read more

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Is it ok to stop using oxygen? I've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago. My o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

Is it ok to stop using oxygen? I've been using supplemental oxygen since my lung surgery 4 months ago.  My o2 levels are now in the upper 90's, heart

Not until evaluated: By your doctor. You should be re-access under the supervision of you doctor to make sure than you don't desaturate and become hypoxic. ...Read more

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Can I still have lung surgery if my bronchitis is flaring up?

Can I still have lung surgery if my bronchitis is flaring up?

No: In general surgery should be postponed until you have been afebrile for 48-72 hours and are on the road to recovery. Lung surgery should not be done while a patient is ill with acute bronchitis or flares of chronic bronchitis due to an increased risk of postoperative complications. ...Read more

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Which is the most dangerous, open heart or open lung surgery?

Which is the most dangerous, open heart or  open lung surgery?

Not a competition: Open chest and lung surgeries were first done by dr. Evarts graham in the mid 1930's. Open heart surgeries were first done in the mid 1950's with dr. John kirklin leading the U.S. Teams, building on principals developed with lung surgery. They are both challenging, helpful, durable and save lives, especially if you need one of these procedures. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's normal to cough up staples from lung surgery 3 yrs later?

Please advise if it's normal to cough up staples from lung surgery 3 yrs later?

Not normal: While this may not represent a major problem, it would not be considered "normal". A follow up with the thoracic surgeon would be advised. Surgical staples used to remove part of a lung could migrate and be coughed up, but evaluation by the surgeon would be best to make sure this doesn't represent a more serious problem. ...Read more

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I got lung surgery a couple years ago and i want to make sure my lungs stay strong. Are there vitamins i can take?

Pulmonary evaluation: Have you had a pulmonary evaluation to check your present lung function. ...Read more

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Had a cat scan it said atelectasis of lung basis. I am having rotator cuff surgery in 9 days is atelectasis a problem?

Had a cat scan it said atelectasis of lung basis. I am having rotator cuff surgery in 9 days is atelectasis a problem?

No: Atelectasis is just the alveoli at the lung bases not inflating. Sometimes we see that in hospitalized patients who aren't breathing as well as they should post-operatively. We try to get patients to expand the lungs with using an incentive spirometer or coughing. ...Read more

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Subsequent to a lung surgery 5 weeks ago, and a pnuemonia 3 weeks ago, my husband has a fever 99.2 and high pulse 104.?

Subsequent to a lung surgery 5 weeks ago, and a pnuemonia 3 weeks ago, my husband has a fever 99.2 and high pulse 104.?

See your doctor: These symptoms are concerning for an ongoing infection, but could be due to other problems as well. I would suggest contacting his surgeon to get checked out. ...Read more

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I ve bronciectasis in left lower lobe, need antibitoics many times p/yr, is it better to go for lung surgery to prevent further damage 2 lungs?

I ve bronciectasis in left lower lobe, need antibitoics many times p/yr, 
 is it better to go for lung surgery to prevent further damage 2 lungs?

Careful evaluation: You should have a thorough evaluation including consultation with a trained thoracic surgeon. Surgery can be very beneficial in carefully selected appropriate candidates: http://goo.Gl/17ne0 and http://goo.Gl/b97iu and http://goo.Gl/qb7fh. ...Read more

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Havin back pain where i had lung surgery 4 yrs. ago been walking short distance now an i have spasm in right neck an stiffness in back daily why ?

Havin back pain where i had lung surgery 4 yrs. ago      been walking short distance now an i have spasm in right neck an stiffness in back daily why
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Cannot say in your: particular case because there are a lot of possibilities. First, spasm of muscles around the spine is increadibly common even without any prior surgery. While a diaphram problem often causes neck pain, in general you wouldn't expect all of these to be connected. ...Read more

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Why didn't mt. Surgeon mention that there was 4 nodules found on my liver before lung surgery for a carcinoid tumour?

Why didn't mt. Surgeon mention that there was 4 nodules found on my liver before lung surgery for a carcinoid tumour?

May be related: Depending on the findings associated with the primary tumor, resection of a primary carcinoid is reasonable even in the setting of disease in the liver. Disease in the liver can become a problem and therefore clarification of what the lesions represent and how to watch them over time should be discussed with the md. ...Read more

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

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

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If I get bronchitis every few weeks, will I eventually need lung surgery?

If I get bronchitis every few weeks, will I eventually need lung surgery?

No: No you will not. There are patients that are susceptible to recurrent bronchitis for a number of reasons (ie active smokers, patients with structural lung disease like bronchiectasis, patients with immunodeficiencies). It is best to see a lung specialist (pulmonologist) if you are having recurrent bronchitis to make sure there is nothing else going on. Surgery is unlikely. ...Read more

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Definition)

The collection of air or gas in the space inside the chest around the lungs, which leads ...Read more


Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...Read more