How long will I stay in the hospital after thoracoscopic surgery?

The length of your hospital stay will vary, depending on the procedure that is performed. In general, patients who have thoracoscopic lung biopsies or wedge resections are able to go home the day after surgery. Patients who have a VATS lobectomy are usually able to go home 3 to 4 days after surgery.

What happens after the procedure?

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 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.

Follow-up appointment: A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 7 to 10 days after your surgery. Your surgeon will assess the wound sites and your recovery at your follow-up appointment and provide guidelines about your activities and return to work.Most people who undergo minimally invasive thoracic surgery can return to work within 3 to 4 weeks.

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