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Lung Surgery Patient Guide

A Patient's Guide to Thoracoscopy

  • Preparing for Thoracoscopy
    Thoracoscopy is often used to repair a collapsed lung; to examine, biopsy, and stage a mass in the lung; or to drain fluid from around the lungs. During thoracoscopy, your surgeon can look into your chest and perform procedures through small incisions in the chest wall...
  • The Thoracoscopy Procedure
    A thoracoscopy uses an endoscope to visually examine the pleura, lungs, and mediastinum and to obtain tissue for testing purposes. An endoscope is an illuminated optic instrument that is inserted through an incision...
  • Risks and Complications
    The risks of thoracoscopy include the following: wound infection, bleeding, air leak through the lung wall, requiring a longer hospital stay...
  • Recovering in the Hospital
    After surgery, you'll wake up in a recovery area. At first you'll probably feel groggy and thirsty. An intravenous (IV) line provides you with fluids and medications to relieve pain, and monitors keep track of your breathing and heartbeat...
  • Recovering at Home
    When you return home, follow your doctor's instructions about how to care for your healing skin and lungs. These instructions may include the following...
  • When to Call Your Doctor
    Call your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms after your procedure: shortness of breath, very red or draining incision...



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