What is the recovery time on lung cancer lobectomy?

Depends on approach. Generally recovery time after minimally invasive lobectomy either by vats or robot is fairly fast, 2-3 weeks before back to baseline. Longer for traditional open surgery.
1 month. Most patients are discharged from hospital by day 4. By 2 weeks most are not on narcotics and by 1 month they should begin normal activity. The results with vats is better than thoracotomy.
4 weeks average. But varies a lot, depending on preoperative lung function and overall health and the type of surgery performed. For open (thoracotomy) resection recovery is usually closer to 6 weeks, for minimally invasive (vats) it is usually 2-4 weeks.

Related Questions

What is the longest time you can live with stage 111 lung cancer and no treatment. Had a lobectomy in April this year. Also have COPD too.?

God only knows. That is a question that no doctor or anyone else can answer for you. There are averages but the best thing is to speak to your oncologist. Also read DrAtul Gwande's book "Being Mortal". Read more...

How effective is a lobectomy for treating lung cancer?

Contained. Lobectomy is very effective and appropriate if the cancer is isolated to the particular lobe.sometimes though despite best efforts after surgery pathology may show that cancer is not isolated to that lobe and more extensive treatment needed. Read more...

How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?

It depends. It depends upon the type of surgery and whether there are any postoperative complications. Speak to your surgeon. Read more...
In this case. You need to obey your surgeon! a lot can happen to a person have a thoracic procedure and there is not one answer. Your surgeon know you literally from inside out, and he or she should be your source for this question's answer, not healthtap panelists. Read more...
Agree. There are multiple factors that only you and your surgeon as a team can determine. Some important considerations will include: 1. What is your job? 2. What kind of operation did you have 3. What if any complications did you have 4. What medications are you taking after surgery? Ultimately, choose a surgeon you trust, so you will follow his/her instructions after surgery. Read more...

How long will I need to wait after a lung cancer lobectomy before going back to work?

Depends. It depends on what a patient does for a living, and what type of surgery they had. If someone had vats, then they should not lift anything > than 20lbs for 1 month. If they had a thoracotomy or "big cut" then no lifting > 20lbs for 2 months. If a patient's work requires driving or operating heavy machinery, then return after they are off narcotics. Otherwise return to work when comfortable. Read more...
Usually 4-6 wks. But this question is always better answered by the surgeon that operated on your chest. They may have a very good reason to allow you back sooner, or keep you at rest longer. I can promise you they will not mind you asking them! Read more...

Is it normal for rib cage to look caved in after lobectomy for lung cancer?

Possibly. If ribs had to be taken to remove part of a lung, there could be deformity of the chest wall. Usally, though the chest wall doesn't look "caved in". Read more...
Depends. Rib resection may leave a gap of support structures. Ask your surgeon. Read more...

Left lobectomy for lung cancer 6 mos ago. Non-contact boxing training with personal trainer. Ok to do to increase oxygen level?

By all means. I hope your surgery proves a long-term success and I am very pleased you are getting back into exercise. Whatever form you like is probably right for you. As a ringside physician myself, I wish you the best. Read more...

Stage 111 non small cell lung cancer. Had lobectomy, cancer in lymph node an chest wall. What are the symptoms when you get closer to death.?

Wait to Worry. You should not be thinking about death unless your Cancer is growing or spreading(called Metastasis). Most people with growing cancer develop symptoms which will signal that you need to see your doctor for examination. A periodic check up by your doctor can reveal signs of tumor recurrence if there is one. So as long as you get checked periodically or when you have new symptoms, you are doing fine. Read more...

Have lung cancer but was in remission with lobectomy 4 yrs. Ago. Now new lesion on liver is this mets.?

Work up required. There is a list of possible diagnoses for a new liver lesion, which includes recurrence and spread of your lung cancer, but also includes many other possibilities that are non-cancerous. A full-work up (a doctor's visit with interview, examination, and testing), possibly requiring biopsy, would be needed. Read more...