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What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

What does it mean to get 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 more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Pneumonectomy (Definition)

Pneumonectomy is removal of lung tissue. If is probably most frequently performed ...Read more


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Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

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 more

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How long until I don't feel pain from a pneumonectomy?

How long until I don't feel pain from a pneumonectomy?

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

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What is the definition or description of: pneumonectomy?

What is the definition or description of: pneumonectomy?

Lung removal: Pneumonectomy is removal of lung tissue. If is probably most frequently performed for localized lung cancer. ...Read more

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After having a pneumonectomy when will I be able to jog?

After having a pneumonectomy when will I be able to jog?

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

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Will I still be able to go jogging after my pneumonectomy?

Will I still be able to go jogging after my pneumonectomy?

Possibly: Depends on your level of lung function prior to surgery. If your remaining lung works well, you may have few, if any, limitations. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After someone has a pneumonectomy what happens next? What's recovery like?

Need expert advice. After someone has a pneumonectomy what happens next? What's recovery like?

Depends: depends on how good your other lung is. One would expect to have less exercise capacity but how much you notice this depends on how your lung function was generally pre-op and by how active you are. Someone who is sedentary may not even miss the lost capacity for example. ...Read more

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I heard that pneumonectomy has one of the highest in-hospital mortality rates. Is this true?

I heard that pneumonectomy has one of the highest in-hospital mortality rates. Is this true?

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 more

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How much more risky or dangerous is it to perform a pneumonectomy on someone who had a bypass surgery 8 years previous ?

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 more

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If a segment of your vagus nerve was surgically removed during a pneumonectomy, is there anything besides reglan (metoclopramide) which can restore esophageal action?

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

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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?

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 more

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What is the best sex position?

What is the best sex position?

Sex position: There is no one medically approved best position for sex. The best position is one that both you and your partner feel the most pleasure from and are most comfortable with. Ask your partner what she likes the best and make her happy. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the right sex position?

What is the right sex position?

Sex position: There is no right and wrong. The best position is the one that gives you the most pleasure with the least discomfort. You really have to try different positions to find your ideal. ...Read more

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What is the best sex position ?

What is the best sex position ?

No right answer: Intercourse is a very personalized, intimate thing. There is no ideal position. Your profile states you are 16. You should always practice safe sex and you should establish a relationship with a gynecologist as soon as possible. There are a million sexually transmitted diseases out there and pregnancy will change your life forever. ...Read more

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What position is the baby in at 6 1/2 months?

What position is the baby in at 6 1/2 months?

Most any postion: This early in pregnancy, the fetus may be in most any position. In the last trimester the baby should settle into a head down position. If not, procedures may be attempted to make the baby be head down. If it is not, then most likely a c-section will be carried out. At 24-26 weeks, the fetus may be somersaulting? ...Read more

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What are the dangerous positions for females in sex ?

What are the dangerous positions for females in sex ?

Danger=not worth it: Normal positions for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman should not be dangerous. If an position makes someone feel at risk of danger then they should stop what they are doing. You should always advocate for yourself in feeling safe with your partner during sexual relations. ...Read more

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Can the placenta move positions ?

Can the placenta move positions
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Uterus grows: The placenta is attached to the uterus in a specific location. It does not move. The uterus grows though throughout the pregnancy which will shift the location of the attached placenta relative to the baby and the cervix ...Read more

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What is the ideal birthing position?

The one that.....: Easy - the one that works best for you! good luck. ...Read more

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