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How much pain would one have after thoracoscopy?

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Dr. Eric Toloza
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Less than with open

Less pain than with thoracotomy.
Most people who undergo thoracoscopy take pain medication for only 1-2 weeks after surgery.

In brief: Less than with open

Less pain than with thoracotomy.
Most people who undergo thoracoscopy take pain medication for only 1-2 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Dr. Eric Toloza
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Usually less than...

Usually less than open surgery or thoracotomy.
Data has shown that the need for narcotics is less after video-assisted thoracic surgery or vats compared to open surgery.

In brief: Usually less than...

Usually less than open surgery or thoracotomy.
Data has shown that the need for narcotics is less after video-assisted thoracic surgery or vats compared to open surgery.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Hooman Melamed
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: Mild-mod pain

It would feel like a rib fracture.
It's hard to take deep breaths initially but the pain would get better after 4-5 days.

In brief: Mild-mod pain

It would feel like a rib fracture.
It's hard to take deep breaths initially but the pain would get better after 4-5 days.
Dr. Hooman Melamed
Dr. Hooman Melamed
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Dr. Eric Toloza
Actually, should be a lot less pain than with thoracotomy. Ribs are not cut or even spread apart during thoracoscopy, so should not feel like rib fracture, but muscle soreness around the small incisions.
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