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Posted by Matt on October 25, 2000 at 17:43:59:

In Reply to: Re: Pneumo Thorax Correction posted by Christina on September 23, 2000 at 03:18:17:

Hi Christina
I see that this board says you can add your email, but doesnt post it. I am glad you are doing much better now! I also had the surgery aroundthe end of August as my lung had collapsed 20%. I hate hospitals, and needles, but survived it. I woke up from surgery with the chest tube and the morphine pump, althought it still hurt! I couldnt keep water or food down for awhile. My body rejected it and i kept throwing up. That is not a fun thing to do with a chest tube in! I had the chest tube in for two days. they took it out in the morning, and I was able to go home that night. Having the surgery is definately more painful than just the tube, but now I can live knowing that my right lung shouldnt collapse again. They stapled the bleb (soft spot) and then blew talc power in to make my lung stick up. It is now late October and I am doing very well. I go back to work at the end of this week, and feel the best I have felt since the surgery. My skin is still numb on the right side of my chest, but they said it would be a year before i should expect to feel completely better. I had my surgery done at University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Where was yours done? I have done a bunch of reading on this condition as I was surprised when they told me it was more common than people think. Everything I read had shown a high success rate in the surgery I had. I couldnt find anything about the likelyness of my other lung to do the same thing. My surgeon said 1 in 5 people have both lungs go, but I wanted to see what other sources said. I really hope I dont ever (and no one else) has to go through this experience again / at all. A week after I had my surgery, a friend from school had to have the same surgery as his lung collpased for a second time. He too is skinny. I am close to my normal weight now which is good.
I hope everyone else with this condition has a quick and full recovery
Matt

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