What is the long-term outlook for patients who have a successful pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE)?
Recovery from PTE involves check-ups for lung testing, usually at about six weeks and at three to six months. Breathing and exercise capacity should continue to improve. Some people do have pulmonary hypertension (PH) that will not go away, or that returns. Your doctor might suggest a right heart catheterization if this occurs. You might then be treated with drugs specifically for PH.