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How do I prepare for a thoracotomy?

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Before a thoracotomy, you may have to change or stop some prescription medicines for a while. And a week before you go in, you should stop using painkillers like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen. If you smoke, you'll need to quit at least 4 weeks before the surgery.

Your doctor might give you a device called an incentive spirometer to exercise your lungs. Three times a day, you'll use it to breathe in deeply and then breathe out. The night before your surgery, don't eat or drink anything after midnight.

From: What Is a Thoracotomy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Thoracotomy.”

Journal of Thoracic Disease : “Open Thoracotomy for Pneumothorax.”

American Heart Association: “Your Aorta: The Pulse of Life.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Preparing for Your Thoracotomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Nodules: Management and Treatment,” “Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair.”

Navicent Health: “Thoracotomy.”

World Journal of Emergency Surgery : “Emergency department thoracotomy for the critically injured patient: Objectives, indications, and outcomes.”

American Lung Association: “Thoracotomy.”

Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery: “Posterolateral thoracotomy.”

Christiana Care Health System: “Thoracoscopy/Thoracotomy Discharge Instructions.”

Annals of Thoracic Surgery : “The Minithoracotomy Approach: A Safe and Effective Alternative for Heart Valve Surgery.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 23, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Thoracotomy.”

Journal of Thoracic Disease : “Open Thoracotomy for Pneumothorax.”

American Heart Association: “Your Aorta: The Pulse of Life.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Preparing for Your Thoracotomy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Nodules: Management and Treatment,” “Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Repair.”

Navicent Health: “Thoracotomy.”

World Journal of Emergency Surgery : “Emergency department thoracotomy for the critically injured patient: Objectives, indications, and outcomes.”

American Lung Association: “Thoracotomy.”

Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery: “Posterolateral thoracotomy.”

Christiana Care Health System: “Thoracoscopy/Thoracotomy Discharge Instructions.”

Annals of Thoracic Surgery : “The Minithoracotomy Approach: A Safe and Effective Alternative for Heart Valve Surgery.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 23, 2019

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