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

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Brian Mott
Most of my patients go back to work after a VATS lobectomy by 1 month.
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Cooke
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