How long will it take to recover from video-assisted lobectomy?

Your hospital stay following video-assisted lobectomy is usually 3 to 4 days after surgery. Your thoracic surgery team, including your surgeon, surgical residents and fellows, surgical nurse clinicians, social workers and anesthesiologist, will help you recovery as quickly as possible.

During your hospital recovery, you and your family will receive updates about your progress so you’ll know when you can go home.

Your health care team will provide specific instructions for your recovery and return to work, including guidelines for activity, driving, incision care and diet. In general, you may be able to return to work (if you have a sedentary job), resume driving and participate in most non-strenuous activities within 4 to 6 weeks after minimally invasive thoracic surgery. You can resume heavy lifting and other more strenuous activities within 6 to 12 weeks after surgery.

A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 7 to 10 days after your surgery. You will have a chest x-ray and your surgeon will assess the wound site and your recovery. The surgeon will provide additional guidelines about your activities, return to work and diet at this time.

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