There are two lungs in your body, and a network of tubes links both to your mouth. The lungs use these tubes to carry oxygen into the body and to eliminate carbon dioxide. All of your body’s functions require oxygen, while carbon dioxide is a waste product. If necessary, most people can get by with only one lung instead of two. When one lung has an injury, the other lung can often get enough oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide on its own.
Lung Removal Post Surgery Recovery
Recovery after a pneumonectomy has two parts: immediate post-operative recovery (hospital stay) and long-term recovery (time spent at home). Full recovery can take weeks to months, depending on the method your doctor used to remove your lung. How well your body tolerates the treatment is also a factor.
The intact lung gradually takes on additional work and expands its capacity after a pneumonectomy procedure.
Patients who have had a pneumonectomy can gently resume non-strengthening activities weeks after the surgery. Those with no postoperative problems may be able to return to work after eight weeks. However, the majority of pneumonectomy patients may experience shortness of breath (dyspnea) for up to six months.
It is normal for a person to feel scared and alarmed when a doctor brings up the possibility of lung removal surgery. You should know all the risks, and complications before committing to this surgical procedure.
Learn more about Other Respiratory Issues here.