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When should I call a doctor once I’ve been discharged after a thoracic surgery?

Following thoracic surgery, you should look out for certain signs that might be a sign of complications.

Your age, other pre-existing medical conditions, and the type of surgery you’re having will help determine your risk for different complications. Before your surgery, ask your doctor about your specific risks.

Your doctor will tell you more about the symptoms you should look out for after undergoing thoracic surgery. The most common warning signs that should take you back to your doctor are:

  • feeling shortness of breath
  • chest pain
  • dizziness
  • irregular heartbeats

You should contact your doctor especially if these symptoms don’t subside after you rest.

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, patients are supported in and out of the OR to better health outcomes. Our expertise also includes minimally invasive surgical technologies in our procedures, such as advanced laparoscopic, video-assisted surgery, and robotic surgery to ensure fewer complications, and minimal pain and scarring.


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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/