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Upper Lobe Wedge Resection
2 primary pneumothoraxes had vats, left lobe wedge resection, mechanical & chemical pleurodesis + air-leak for 2 weeks a/ surgery. 8 weeks a/ surgery developed dry cough, ongoing for 12 weeks - help!
Recovery: The recovery time depends on the technical difficulty of the surgery, any complications, and your personal reserve and rate of healing. Your doctor will able to provide more specific information. ...Read more
VAT: Video aided thoracoscopy (vat) has greatly minimized pain in lung wedge resection. The lung is first deflated by in injecting air into the space between the lung and chest wall and the lung is deflated. A fiberoptic scope and instruments are then inserted between the ribs and the wedge resection is performed. Special staplers and instruments are used to seal the lung. Hurts less this way. ...Read more
1-2 weeks: Most people recover very quickly after a wedge resection. ...Read more
Local / Topical: You may need to know that topical anesthetic is different with local anethetic. Topical anesthesia just numb the skin or mucosa and usually not a good choice for a wedge resection. You can use local anesthetic for resection, but it depends on the size of resection and other clinical consditions... ...Read more
Reasonable: Surgical resection is the best option for lung cancer cure, if the cancer can be removed in its entirety. The amount of lung to be resected depends on the patients ability to tolerate the removal of a substantial amount of tissue. Breathing tests are performed prior to surgery to figure this out. Removal of a lung, lobe, segment, or wedge can all lead to cure. A lobe is preferred. ...Read more
Had lung surgery vats wedge resection result necrotizing granulomatous inflammation what does it mean?
Probably good: Hope you are well. With the limited information, sounds like 1. You had a surgeon versed/skilled in modern techniques and 2. The nodule/spot was not cancer. Causes of granuloma are numerous. Best to discuss path report with your surgeon to confirm diagnosis and implications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can a pneumothorax occur at the apex of the lung after wedge resection? Chest tube still in place since 1/15/15.
Not healed: The pneumothorax refers to air within your pulmonary cavity, external to your lung. This occurs during surgery when the pulmonary cavity was opened up to resect a part of your lung. The chest tube under suction is an attempt to drain this air and fluid until everything is healed. It just suggests things are not completely healed yet. At some point, there are other options for intervention . ...Read more
Wedge resection right lung 1/15/15. Still have chest tube in due to small air leak. Painful barking cough just started. What is it?
Nonspecific: Could be a normal reaction from the breathing tube you had during the surgery. Could also be an upper respiratory infection. Other than causing pain at the incision site, its probably not dangerous. Ask your doctor when he/she is making rounds, or at your next visit. Can try some cough suppressant in he mean time. Hope this helps! ...Read more
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