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How do I prevent a collapsed lung after surgery?

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To prevent a collapsed lung, your doctor may have you use a device called an incentive spirometer. It measures your breathing and helps you practice taking slow, deep breaths.

Get up and move around as soon as you can after surgery. Try to cough to help clear fluid from your lungs and let them re-inflate.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "After Surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "What You Need to Know About Pain Control After Surgery."

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Effects of Anesthesia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Atelectasis?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Atelectasis?" "How Is Atelectasis Treated?"

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Surgical Site Infections."

Torpy, J.M. , published online June 23, 2010. Journal of the American Medical Association

Darrah, D.M. , published online September 27, 2009. Anesthesiology Clinics

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis," "Preventing Blood Clots After Orthopaedic Surgery."

Merck Manual: "Surgery."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "After Surgery."

Cleveland Clinic: "What You Need to Know About Pain Control After Surgery."

American Society of Anesthesiologists: "Effects of Anesthesia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Atelectasis?" "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Atelectasis?" "How Is Atelectasis Treated?"

CDC: "FAQs About Surgical Site Infections."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Surgical Site Infections."

Torpy, J.M. , published online June 23, 2010. Journal of the American Medical Association

Darrah, D.M. , published online September 27, 2009. Anesthesiology Clinics

OrthoInfo: "Deep Vein Thrombosis," "Preventing Blood Clots After Orthopaedic Surgery."

Merck Manual: "Surgery."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 18, 2018

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