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How soon after lung cancer lobectomy can I go back to work?
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
On AVERAGE, patients return to normal activity 6-8 weeks after thoracotomy, and much faster after thoracoscopic surgery. One thing to understand about "averages" is that they almost NEVER accurately describe the experience of one INDIVIDUAL taken from the population that gave you that average. Just some food for thought.
Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
It depends upon the type of surgery and whether there are any postoperative complications.
Speak to your surgeon.

In brief: It depends
It depends upon the type of surgery and whether there are any postoperative complications.
Speak to your surgeon.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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