I should be very grateful to hear from anyone who has had a lung removed, or from their friends and family, about their experiences of life after surgery. I am in a situation where a pneumonectomy is being discussed. I am very doubtful and scared of the possible long-term pain and breathlessness. I realise that people's experiences differ wildly, but would value any input nonetheless. The doctors have been very explicit about the risks associated with the actual surgery, so I feel well briefed on that - it is life at home that I am concerned about. For what it's worth I am 49, swim twice a week, and am already short of my left lower lobe (not through surgery but through shutdown). So I am used to restrictions but in my current state I can still (with some difficulty) climb a few flights of stairs, run for a bus (just) and go for a reasonably long walk.
Tue, 04/23/2013 - 02:07#1
Life with one lung - 1255867