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Posted by Alan on September 03, 2000 at 14:04:32:

In Reply to: Re: Penumo Thorax (collapsed lung) posted by Joan on May 28, 2000 at 23:40:24:

: Hi;
: I am sitting here recovering from surgery from a collapsed lung. I am 43, thin, 5'4", very fit and never had any problems with my lungs before. I went to the hospital when I developed pain down my back and was told my lung was 60 per cent collapsed. I was also told this is quite common in thin people and the doctors suspected I had had milder collapses before and suggested surgery. I never wanted to go through having a tube inserted again and agreed. They made incisions under my arm and down my back (none on my chest) and burst the "blips" and peeled the lung and "attached" it to my ribcage - I'm sure this is a very simplified explanation! The surgery was done five weeks ago, I'm still in lots of pain and still on narcotic painkillers. I'm told I will recover completely and will never have to worry about the lung collapsing again. I'm surprised you doctor did not recommed surgery for your son. You don't want this to happen when he may not be able to get to a hospital. Also, the tube inserted in the chest is so, so painful. By the way, after my surgery I discovered that this surgery can be done by "scope" which requires only three small incisions and which needs much less time in hospital and for recovery. Think about it and speak to a surgeon who is up on all the latest techniques. Good Luck and don't give up!
I am a 42 year old male recovering from surgery on my right lung for spontaneous pneumo thorax. I have had 4 episodes of my lung collapsing, one on my left side and 3 on my right. The first 2 events were treated simply with a chest tube. On the 3rd event (the 2nd on my right side) I had surgery with a videoscope to remove the blebs and rough up a portion of the lung so that it would bond to the chest. This technique was not successful and 3 years later my right side collapsed again. This time I had full surgery in which they opened me right up to physicaly inspect the lung, remove the blebs or cysts and remove the pleural lining on the chest wall to allow the lung to bond. Doctors no longer recomend the videoscope method of surgery as it is too difficult to properly inpsect the lung for the bad spots. I am currently in considerable amount of pain, but hope to back to normal in about 6 weeks. The odds of another pneumo are 10-15%.
My main concern right now is deciding on what lifestyle is most appropriate for me. In the past I have been very active, competing in triathlons, regularly training hard in the swimming pool and on the bike. All health professional say that I can go back to training again but I am having doubts. After being hospitalized four times, maybe I should be giving up my activities.

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