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Doctor insights on: Excision Ampulla Of Vater

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What is the procedure "vats" used to treat?

Disease of the chest: Vats stand for video-assisted thoracic surgery or minimally invasive surgery similar to laparoscopic surgery. Through small incisions and usually a high definition camera, many types of procedures can be performed. Such as removing cancer of the lung, esophagus and other chest organs. Removing unwanted fluid around the lung, and performing biopsies of organs in the chest. ...Read more

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Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Tell me about vats pleurodesis?

Causes lung to stick: The goal of video-assisted thoracic surgery or vats pleurodesis is to create an inflammatory response that causes the lung to stick to the chest wall. This can be done through chemical means such as sterile talcum powder, or through mechanical means. Indications are for persistent air in the pleural space; pneumothorax or persistent fluid. Pleurodesis prevents the lung from collapsing. ...Read more

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How can I help myself think positive before vats surgery?

How can I help myself think positive before vats surgery?

Surgery: Preparing one's self mentally for surgery is very important. I'd suggest working on getting a good amount of sleep in the week leading up to the surgery. Eating as healthily as you can - avoid alcohol, caffeine, fast food, etc. And do the things that put you at ease - whether it's enjoying family and friends, getting outdoors, spending time with your church, volunteering.... It all helps! ...Read more

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Is it safe to smoke after vats pleurodesis?

Is it safe to smoke after vats pleurodesis?

No. Just...no.: Why would you even consider that it would be safe? Of course not. Not for healing. Not for whatever underlying lung condition you have. No, no,no! ...Read more

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Does it take a long time for vats-related nerve damage to heal?

Does it take a long time for vats-related nerve damage to heal?

It can: Although vats incisions are small, they still require cutting through skin, tissue and possibly nerves. This may lead to chronic numbness or even pain. Nerves grow back 1mm per day. ...Read more

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How big is the chance that a pneumothorax will happen again after you have received VATS-surgery?

How big is the chance that a pneumothorax will happen again after you have received VATS-surgery?

Less than 5% on side: There is a 50% chance of a recurrence after a spontaneous pneumothorax, without surgery. 60-70% for a second recurrence. That is why surgery is recommended. After surgery, the chance is less, but the other side is a concern. ...Read more

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Has anyone had thoracic surgery vats?

Has anyone had thoracic surgery vats?

Yes: Tons of people have had this procedure. It is rapidly becomung the standard of care in many cases. ...Read more

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Can I opt for an open procedure rather than VATS procedure for treatment of recurrent pneumothorax, based on lower rates of recurrence?

Yes: Open can be very well done, and tolerated! May need one of us older surgeons to do. Mini thoracotomy, or anterior infra- mammary- cosmetic can be done easily, thoroughly, effectively and with very good pain control. One opening and one tube. ...Read more

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I have Pneumothorax surgery(VATS failed then open chest successful).It was 6 years ago and on left side.Can i go for gyming and weights now.

I have Pneumothorax surgery(VATS failed then open chest successful).It was 6 years ago and on left side.Can i go for gyming and weights now.

Pneumothorax: Because you do not know the extent of the surgery performed, I would refer back to the surgeon who did it or to your pulmonologist from that time to get their take on whether it would be OK to do heavy weights. ...Read more

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I had VATs (right side, OR time was 9h 3 months ago). Got compression injury below axilla and fluids on abdomen. How long it will take to recover?

I had VATs (right side, OR time was 9h 3 months ago). Got compression injury below axilla and fluids on abdomen. How long it will take to recover?

Hard to answer: We need to know a lot more . Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to diagnose and treat problems in your chest. Without knowledge of the details it is not possible to answer your concern. You will need to discuss with your physicians. ...Read more

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I've had a pneumothorax (on left side) past year and has been treated with VATS-surgery. If I go to a dance festival with loud basses, can it recur?

I've had a pneumothorax (on left side) past year and has been treated with VATS-surgery. If I go to a dance festival with loud basses, can it recur?

Anything is possible: but not likely. Pneumothorax recurrence is riskiest with any activity that changes intra thoracic pressure, such as airplane flights, diving, forceful breathing, etc. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? I have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo

How long should I wait before driving from sea level to 8000+ft after a pneumothorax? I have had vats pleurodesis before but had small recurrent pnemo

Depends: On the remaining size and number of blebs or bullae. If on the cat scan of the thorax none are left and a good abrassive and light talc pleurodesis was done the chances of a recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax is less than 1%. ...Read more

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Nerve pain from vats surgery i'm only on lyrica (pregabalin) can u take more than 250 mg a day?

Nerve pain from vats surgery i'm only on lyrica (pregabalin) can u take more than 250 mg a day?

Lyrica (pregabalin): The current max dose in the usa is 300mg q12hrs and it is studied in fibromyalgia. There is no reason why you could not be titrated up as long as you do not have any side effects. ...Read more

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PET prior to diag. of LC (squamous cell). AP window nodes enlarged, not lit up. Dr wants VATS to check these. Why? Would it light up if cancer?

PET prior to diag. of LC (squamous cell). AP window nodes enlarged, not lit up. Dr wants VATS to check these. Why? Would it light up if cancer?

Yes!: That is the purpose of PET scan.... to check if any nodes light up(increased uptake of radioactive glucose). That implies spread of Cancer. If the lymph nodes do not light up, Cancer is not likely to have spread to this lymph node. ...Read more

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Hi i got beaten by some guys 3months ago and had brokeb rib and liquidopneumathorax i had VATS and thorachotomy done.So am i forced to quit smoking :(?

Hi i got beaten by some guys 3months ago and had brokeb rib and liquidopneumathorax i had VATS and thorachotomy done.So am i forced to quit smoking :(?

Physical symptoms: post being beaten up. Please continue to be monitored by your doctor so no additional symptoms develop. Yes, it would be excellent to stop smoking. Not only will it help w/your present recovery but it will lower your chances of illness later in life. Your body and brain need oxygen more than ever now and smoking inhibits the intake of oxygen. Peace and good health. ...Read more