When can I return to my daily activities after a thoracic surgery?
After thoracic surgery, your body needs to heal so you will have to take some time off work. At first, you will not be able to perform all the range of activities you used to before the surgery. During your follow-up, you will learn what new activities you can resume. Your doctor will be able to answer this question after evaluating your recovery.
How soon you can settle back into your regular daily routine after a thoracic surgery will depend on many things, including the extent of the surgery, whether it’s performed minimally invasively, your age and your health before the surgery. However, you can expect to experience some pain, a lack of energy, and fatigue afterward. In the first two weeks, you will gradually regain your energy but may continue to experience "good days" and "bad days", and this is quite normal.
To improve your recovery after surgery, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions, including:
Thoracic surgeon Farshad Malekmehr, M.D., emphasizes the following post-op instructions for a successful transition from hospital to home:
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