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How You Feel After 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
No: Best to check with your surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No. Of course not.: Not a good thing to do. The intentional habit of inhaling burning organic material, combined with various chemicals used in the growing and manufacturing of that material (regardless of whether it is tobacco, marijuana, or any other plant) is bad for the body. Just think about it. Who would intentionally start something burning and inhale the stuff over and over and over? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not if inside us...: Lead is naturally occurring on earth. Outside of our bodies, lead is not a problem. If we eat or drink too much of it, it becomes a toxic contaminant inside our bodies. Lead is everywhere in our industrialized world, which means one shouldn't worry too much about it, but be sure our families are not eating or drinking things containing lead, nor using lead-contaminated containers or toys. ...Read more
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