Lung Cancer Surgery

Possible Complications Associated With Surgery

The potential side effects of surgery depend on the extent of the lung cancer, the person's general health, and other factors. Most patients have pain for the first few days after surgery. Cancer pain can be controlled with medicine, and patients should discuss pain relief with the doctor or nurse.
 
Also, after surgery for lung cancer, air and fluid tend to collect in the chest. Patients often need help turning over, coughing, and breathing deeply. These activities are important for recovery because they help expand the remaining lung tissue and get rid of excess air and fluid.
 
Pain or weakness in the chest and the arm, and shortness of breath are common side effects of surgery for lung cancer. Patients may need several weeks or months to regain their energy and strength.
 
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