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A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery

Thoracotomy: Life After Lung Surgery

Recovering from major surgery can be difficult emotionally as well as physically. A diagnosis of cancer can cause additional stress and concern. Talk to your doctor about your feelings, and stay close to your family and friends, who can help you through rough times.

Dealing with Your Emotions

It's common to feel depressed and anxious after major surgery. You might feel energetic and cheerful one day, then tired and cranky the next. You may even have trouble sleeping or eating. If the surgery was for cancer or suspected cancer, you may also feel scared and wonder what it means for your health and your future. Now is not the time to withdraw from those around you. Share your feelings with your loved ones and tell them how they can help.

Following Up with Your Doctor

As you recover from the surgery, you'll see your doctor for regular follow-up visits. During these visits, your healing and recovery can be monitored. Your doctor or nurse can also discuss your plan of care with you and outline your options if you need further treatment.



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