How long will I be in the hospital after lung reduction surgery?

You should expect to stay in the hospital for 5 to 10 days after lung reduction surgery. Pulmonary rehabilitation usually begins within the first 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, and is a very important part of your recovery.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/17/2019.

References

  • Fishman A, et al. National Emphysema Treatment Trial Research Group. A randomized trial comparing lung-volume-reduction surgery with medical therapy for severe emphysema. N Engl J Med. 2003 May 22;348(21):2059-73.
  • American Lung Association. Lung Health & Diseases—Surgery. Accessed 7/15/2018.

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