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Dealing with Lobectomy

gelc
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Joined: May 2001

Had my lower left lobe removed to cancer 8 weeks ago. I still feel some pain and some breathing difficulties. would llike to hear from others who have gone through this surgery.

emy247
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Joined: Feb 2013

Just got home last pm. removed all three lobes on rt through Vats. I had a very skilled surgeon. My question is what is a good recovery plan for walking. I have been up and walking quite a bit each day,but when should I start back with my treadmill. I am 61 and fairly healthy other than having the rt lung removed.

dennycee
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Joined: Mar 2011

I did not have a pneumonectomy so I can't really help.  May I suggest though that you start a new thread.  Due to the age of this one, many may not find it.  Maybe you will get more responses that way.  

welcome to the website 

emy247
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Joined: Feb 2013

I just don't know how to start a new thread.

Xiaowang
Posts: 17
Joined: Feb 2013

Hi,

 

my relative had a the same surgery as you did. After 30 years she is still there.

Xiaowang
Posts: 17
Joined: Feb 2013

Hi,

 

my relative had a the same surgery as you did. After 30 years she is still there.

Xiaowang
Posts: 17
Joined: Feb 2013

Hi,

 

my relative had a the same surgery as you did. After 30 years she is still there.

Xiaowang
Posts: 17
Joined: Feb 2013

Hi,

 

my relative had a the same surgery as you did. After 30 years she is still there.

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dyshepard
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Joined: Jul 2016

I am about 1 month from right upper lobe removal.  cancer, but only there, so no further treatment except follow-ups in 6 months.  The pain is still terrible. I take vicoden to sleep but just ibuprofen during the day.   I still seem to need constant oxygen assistance.  Does anyone have any comments of how long I might need it?  I have had slight COPD for many years, but controlled just fine with just inhaler use once daily.   Also, the bra issue,  I can't imagine how I will ever be able to wear one again.  Besides the large surgical scar, my rib cage below the breast where drainage tube was is still so tender.  I wish I could build up my strength but don't seem to be able to walk any real distance.  I am 71 yrs old and had triple bypass with new aortic valve in 2013.    any comments would be appreciated.. 

eclc
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Joined: Jul 2016

Dyshepard, I had a right pnuemonectomy back in 1997.  I can tell you that it takes a while to heal from the thorocotomy...there's just no short cut.   I'm a guy so I don't where a bra but can tell you that wearing one would freak me out since I'm all numb along my scar.  I think it would feel like it was always falling down (ok, time to reign in my feminine side Sealed)  As for the O2, I believe your need for O2 will go away naturally.  I lost my entire lung and did use O2 for a while after my pnuemonectomy but eventually i weaned off of it.  I went for may years without using it...now at age 53, I've started using it more.  One thing you may want to do is pick up a PulseOx meter.  You can pick them up at your local drug store for 15 bucks or so.  They're the thing that they put on the end of your pointer finger when you get your vitals taken in the doctors office.  This things measure the O2 in your blood.  Normally, your pulseox will be in the upper 90's.  This little tool can help you determine if you 'NEED' oxygen or if you 'THINK' you need oxygen.  If your oxygen drops down past 90% you are said to be "de-satting' (for desaturation) and oxygen is required.  If you're going through your day and your pulseox stays 94 and better, you may be able to leave the O2 at home.  Hope this helps and I'm happy to answer any more questions you may have.

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z
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Hello I had a vats surgery for the lower right lobe on 9-23-10, no other tx required it was stage 1a NOMO.  I didn't wear a bra until I went back to work a month later.  I was 51 years old.  It took at least 6 months to get my stamina back, and just to walk was difficult, but just kept moving.  The best I can tell you to do is walk around as much as possible because that will help build your strength back.  I know 3 days in bed takes 6 days to recover, so the more you get up and walk the better.  You should be doing breathing exercises as well to help regain strength in your lungs.  I didn't require oxygen, but do have mild copd.  I wish you well.  Lori.

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wheezerone
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After reading all of these comments - I want to walk away while I can and not have surgery!  I think in this case ignorance is bleas.  I'm in phase 1 or 2 of lung cancer - upper left lobe.  I go to surgeon next week to see if he will do surgery or chemo. I was rooting for surgery but now I'm not sure.  After hearing how everyone still has pain and it was unbearable - I just don't know what to do.

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z
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Surgery is the best option as you get rid of the cancer.  I was stage 1A NOMO and didn't required chemo afterwards.  I had vats for my lower right lobe on 9-23-2010, and so far so good no recurrance.  The pain isn't forever and your life if worth doing the best possible for your treatment.  There are pain meds and therapy to get you back in shape.  If you may have the vats its less intrusive and guicker healing.  My dr does about 40 vats operations a year, so I felt confident with him.  I was only in the hospital for 3 days and back to work in a month.  Please know I was scared as well and I totally understand.  I wish you well and keep us posted.  You might want to post on the Inspire Health web site and there are many posters and lots of information about lung cancer.  Lori

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