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Dr. Mark Soberman
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Chest Surgery (Definition)

Chest surgery is a method of treating problems in the chest that generally require something to be cut out (biopsy or removal of tissue) or something to be repaired. Examples include removing tumors, removing sections of damaged lung, repairing birth defects of the trachea or esophagus, coronary artery bypass grafts, repairing ...Read more


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Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Why are the following tests done preoperatively for open heart surgery? Echo...chest X-ray.....pfts.....and urinalysis?

Preparation: You are having surgery for a reason. Preparation makes the surgery safer by finding issues that would be problems if they were not known. Overall, the better prepared you and you surgeon are, the better the results. ...Read more

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What is chest surgery like?

What is chest surgery like?

Honest discussion: Every patient is an individual. Important to discuss with your surgeon what are "reasonable expectations" of recovery and outcomes. A skilled thoracic surgeon will always seek the least invasive surgical technique possible to safely achieve the surgical goal and best outcome for you. He/she will describe before procedure their planned approach. ...Read more

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Has any body got male chest surgery?

Has any body got male chest surgery?

Unsure what you mean: If you are referring to male cosmetic surgery on the chest, yes this is a farely common cosmetic procedure in males. ...Read more

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What needs to be done before a chest surgery ?

What needs to be done before a chest surgery ?

Full eval: Before any surgery, it is important to be evaluated at a pre-admission physical to make sure surgery is the safest possible. ...Read more

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How can I get in good shape after chest surgery?

How can I get in good shape after chest surgery?

Take your time: It takes time to recover from surgery. Start with light exercise (walking), then progress as tolerated. If you rush it, the discomfort you feel will stop you from advancing. Eventually, you should be at full strength and speed. ...Read more

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Non stop coughing after chest surgery - what to do?

Non stop coughing after chest surgery - what to do?

Take your meds: Must clear the secretions and expand the remaining lung. When that is done, the cough will recede. ...Read more

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How should I comfort my friend who is having major chest surgery?

By positive: More important than saying anything is first listen to him or her understanding the pt fears will help you be a more empathetic friend good luck. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what tests need to be done before a chest surgery?

I'm curious as to what tests need to be done before a chest surgery?

Depends: Depends on the planned operation and your underlying health. There are some tests that are often done to assess risk and help in planning the operation. Routine labs and often an ekg are done. Almost always, pulmonary function tests are performed to assess lung capacity. If there are risk factors or symptoms present, it may make sense to do a stress test. ...Read more

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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Thoracic Surgery (Definition)

Thoracic surgeons operate on the chest and the organs within: airway, heart, lungs, esophagus, chest wall, mediastinum, etc. You may also find a common title of "cardiothoracic surgeon" or in more specialized regions a distinction will be made between heart surgeons and non-heart surgeons, i.e. "cardiovascular ...Read more