|Regions of the Lung|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Damage to the areas surrounding the tumor, including the heart, lungs, and spinal cord
- Fluid collecting between the lung tissue lining and the wall of the chest cavity
- Lung collapse
- Drainage, infection, or bleeding
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- Take images of structures inside your body using x-ray , MRI scan , CT scan , or PET scan
- Talk to your doctor about your medications. You may be asked to stop taking some medications up to one week before the procedure.
- Eat a light meal the night before the surgery. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.
- Arrange for help at home.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Avoid lifting objects heavier than 5 pounds.
- Do not to drive for 4-6 weeks.
- Increase your activity as you are able. This will help you recover.
- Follow instructions about wound care to avoid infection.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you've been given
- Cough, difficulty breathing, or chest pain
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- New or worsening symptoms
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/23/2014 -