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What Is The Difference Between Lobectomy And Pneumonectomy
If I have hyperthyroid/graves, after a lobectomy is my thyroid function likely to change to hypothyroid or remission? Or won't make a difference?
Can change: To hypothyroid. Your doctor should periodically monitor your thyroid with blood work. ...Read more
Most do: Most liver resections are done at high volume centers in the us by surgical oncologists or transplant surgeons. The centers are required to track their results to have consistent patient referrals from smaller hospitals. Modern techniques have significantly decrease the operative mortality rate. Check around for your options. ...Read more
Talk to doctor: Most thyroid nodules are benign. There are some features on an ultrasound that are more, or less, consistent with cancer. A needle biopsy may detect cancer cells. Balancing these, one has to make a decision to remove the nodule or watch it. This is best done with your endocrinologist and a good thyroid surgeon. ...Read more
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
Depends: If you had a thoracotomy, your pain could take 2 months of more to completely resolve. If you had a thoracoscopic procedire, it is typically much shorter, like 2 weeks or so. These are averages and by defnintion these numbers apply to no one indivisual, but represent the aggregate experience of many patients with the same problem. Yours could be better or worse. ...Read more
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
The brain has: Temporal lobes on each side, and the region may be associated with speech and word finding. You surely can leave the hospital, but I do not know your 'ability' to walk and function, and what your home situation is. The operation and procedure are onlypart of the story... ...Read more
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