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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Thoracotomy (Overview)

This is a surgery which opend the thorax or chest rib cage commonindication lung or lymph node biopsy often envilves a latge inscion removal of a rib and spredin ribs to gain access to contents of thorax some less invasive approaches using thoracoscopes to provide light and acess through smaller holes have been developed.


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How is a thoracotomy done?

How is a thoracotomy done?

Entering chest: The chest is entered either between the ribs and may invlove removing a rib. With newer mis techniques this can often be avaoided. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
712 doctors shared insights

Thoracotomy (Overview)

This is a surgery which opend the thorax or chest rib cage commonindication lung or lymph node biopsy often envilves a latge inscion removal of a rib and spredin ribs to gain access to contents of thorax some less invasive approaches using thoracoscopes to provide light and acess through smaller holes have been developed.


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Typical thoracotomy recovery time?

Typical thoracotomy recovery time?

?Open : Or thoracoscopic for what reason did you have it open hurt for months. ...Read more

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What should I expect from a thoracotomy?

What should I expect from a thoracotomy?

Chest pain: Why do you need thoracotomy? Somtimes you get numbness/burning of parts of chestwall moderate recovery. ...Read more

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What can be expected from a thoracotomy?

Depends: Depends on technique. These may provide some information: http://goo.Gl/0qt0jb http://goo.Gl/lqwwnf http://goo.Gl/itz15b. ...Read more

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What should yoou expect from a thoracotomy?

What should yoou expect from a thoracotomy?

Depends: Immediately after thoracotomy, there will be a chest drain that your surgeon will remove when drainage slows and after any air leak from your lung resolves, usually less than a week unless you have bad emphysema. Then a few weeks to few months of gradually weening of narcotics. Shorter if surgeon did not cut the latissimus and/or serratus muscles, i.e. Muscle-sparing thoracotomy. ...Read more

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What can I expect during recovery of a thoracotomy?

What can I expect during recovery of a thoracotomy?

Pain: Is common, as is weakness and shortness of breath. Work with your doctor and therapist to get through this. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: thoracotomy?

What is the definition or description of: thoracotomy?

It is an open : Procedure allowing access to the chest cavity, either right or left via a rib sparing approach or by taking a rib based on the reason or indication for the surgery with the need for a chest tube being placed postoperatively. ...Read more

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How long after a thoracotomy for pneumo can I return to work?

How long after a thoracotomy for pneumo can I return to work?

Depends on work: Limitations that might prevent one from returning to work are related to post-operative pain or pain medications, e.g. No driving while on pain medications or if having significant pain; no heavy lifting, no straining or strenuous activity. Usually, one may return if one may return to work sooner if desk job, but later if physical work. Also sooner if latissimus and/or serratus muscles wre spared. ...Read more

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After a collapsed & thoracotomy 3 months ago, when will the pain resolve?

Should be improving: I would hope that your pain is improving daily. Post surgical pain should make steady improvements. If things are worse then you need to see your surgeon to make sure there are no complications. A referral to a pain management specialist may help you develop a plan to manage your pain. You may benefit from an intercostal nerve block. ...Read more