How can I speed up the lobectomy recovery process?

There are several aftercare recommendations that can help you speed up your recovery process.

The thoracic surgery team at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital will help you recover from your procedure as quickly as possible.

  • You will stay in the hospital for three to four days, depending upon how you're feeling post-surgery
  • You will be given pain medications for a few days after surgery
  • You will be instructed on your activity restrictions and wound care
  • You will be recommended to follow our post-operative follow-up schedule

Before you are discharged from the hospital after you underwent a lobectomy, your doctor will tell you what you should do in order to benefit from fast recovery.

  • avoid effort
  • take your medicine as prescribed by your doctor
  • return to your daily activities gradually
  • continue the breathing exercises you were taught in the hospital

VATS lobectomy leads to a speedy recovery

" With the VATS procedure, lobectomies can be performed just through smaller incisions with a camera, without spreading the ribs", says Dr. Farshad Malekmehr, a vascular surgeon affiliated with Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital. "It's really reduced the risk of bleeding and infection, and patients are able to fully recover in just three to four weeks - almost twice as fast compared to the traditional thoracic surgery technique."

The major advantages of a lobectomy done through a video-assisted thoracoscopic technology include:

  • Lower risk of complications such as infection and bleeding
  • Lower rate of postoperative atrial fibrillation
  • Less pain postoperatively
  • Better and preserved lung functions
  • Reduction in an inflammatory response
  • Shorter hospital stay due to shorter chest tube duration
  • Faster recovery and return to routine activities
  • Reduced overall costs
  • Allows improved delivery of adjuvant chemotherapy in selected patients
  • A safe and effective procedure

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