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What is the recovery procedure for a lobectomy?

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Healing after a lobectomy takes time. If you have open surgery, you may spend up to a week in the hospital. You'll go home sooner if you have VATS or robotic surgery. Other things to think about might include:

  • Pain. Most people have some discomfort the first few months after surgery. You'll get pain pills when you leave the hospital, but you'll need them less over time. Warm showers are a good way to ease muscle soreness.
  • Fatigue. You'll feel tired and out of breath at first. That's normal and should get better in a few weeks.
  • Constipation. Pain pills and reduced mobility after surgery can cause this problem. Things should return to normal when you stop taking pain medicine. In the meantime, be sure to take the laxatives and stool softeners your doctor prescribes.
  • Exercise. You'll need to walk every day to regain your strength and keep your lungs healthy and clear.

From: What Is a Lobectomy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for small-cell lung cancer." "Treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, by stage."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lobectomy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Lobectomy of Lung-Minimally Invasive Approach to Lung Cancer Surgery" (video).

UptoDate: "Management of stage I and stage II non-small cell lung cancer."

American Lung Association: "COPD: Surgery."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Why Consider Robotic Surgery for Lung, Esophageal and Other Chest Cancers?"

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Rehabilitation."

Glattki, GP. 2012. American Journal of Clinical Oncology,

Veterans Health Library: "Surgery for Lung Problems."

University of Michigan Health System: "After Your Lung Surgery."

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 07, 2016

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Surgery for small-cell lung cancer." "Treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, by stage."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Lobectomy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Lobectomy of Lung-Minimally Invasive Approach to Lung Cancer Surgery" (video).

UptoDate: "Management of stage I and stage II non-small cell lung cancer."

American Lung Association: "COPD: Surgery."

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "Why Consider Robotic Surgery for Lung, Esophageal and Other Chest Cancers?"

American Thoracic Society: "Pulmonary Rehabilitation."

Glattki, GP. 2012. American Journal of Clinical Oncology,

Veterans Health Library: "Surgery for Lung Problems."

University of Michigan Health System: "After Your Lung Surgery."

Reviewed by William Blahd on April 07, 2016

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