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Is it normal for me to be coughing a lot at bedtime a month after my lung cancer surgery?
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: To a degree
But if it persists, then one should see their surgeon and let them know that the coughing persists.

In brief: To a degree
But if it persists, then one should see their surgeon and let them know that the coughing persists.
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Normal is
A setting on the clothes washer. Your surgery removed a branch, blood supply, bronchus and lung tissue.
The bronchus and vessels need to be sealed tight. The lung needs to re-expand to fill the space left vacant. A cough helps to do this. But it depends on whether the space is filling with good things or bad. No fever, no chills, no difficlty breathing, probably ok. But check with your surgeon.

In brief: Normal is
A setting on the clothes washer. Your surgery removed a branch, blood supply, bronchus and lung tissue.
The bronchus and vessels need to be sealed tight. The lung needs to re-expand to fill the space left vacant. A cough helps to do this. But it depends on whether the space is filling with good things or bad. No fever, no chills, no difficlty breathing, probably ok. But check with your surgeon.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is not unusual for postoperative patients to have a cough as they open up air sacs that tend to collapse under anesthesia.
However, if the cough continues, speak to your physician.

In brief: Yes
It is not unusual for postoperative patients to have a cough as they open up air sacs that tend to collapse under anesthesia.
However, if the cough continues, speak to your physician.
Dr. Edward Gold
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. David Cooke
If you have lots of thin, watery phlegm with your cough, then call your surgeon sooner than later
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