Recovering at Home
Recovery from a thoracoscopy is primarily done at home. It is important to follow your doctor's instructions after your hospital discharge and while you recover at home. These instructions will likely include:
Recovering from a thoracotomy will involve a longer hospital stay but much of your at home recovery is the same. Be sure to inspect your incision for signs of infection, take your pain medication and ease into any activities. It can be 6 to 8 weeks before resuming activities that might stress your healing incisions.
It is common to feel depressed and anxious after major surgery. You might even have trouble eating or sleeping. There may be much anxiety if you are awaiting results of a biopsy that might indicate you have cancer. Allow those around you to help you with your feelings and be sure to discuss this with your doctor as well.
Your doctor or nurses may also give you other signs and symptoms to watch for. Do not hesitate to call for any concerns. If you think your symptom is life threatening, call 911 or go to the Emergency Room.
This information is provided by the Department of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition.