It’s been a while since I was on this forum, it’s hope you don’t mind me popping back on for some insight! I hope everyone is done as well as they can, and hope the spring weather is helping us all feel better!
So, I’m due to have a bullectomy and Pleurectomy surgery next Wednesday (27th) and was wondering if anyone has had this done and what your experience was like.
I’ve been told a bed has been booked for me in a cardiothoratic high dependency unit after the surgery, and I’m quite nervous, I know it’s probably normal after this kind of surgery but it’s scary to think of yourself needing that level of care, even if it’s only for a day or two.
I’m not happy about having this done but I think I probably need it. I have severe bullous lung disease and suffered a secondary spontaneous pneumothorax around 5 months ago (and was in hospital for 11 days with a prolonged air leak). Not looking forward to having a chest drain in again, and certainly not looking forward to being away from my kids for 3-5 days or however long I have to be in hospital for.
My constant seems to think I’ll be ok after a couple of weeks, but it took me over a month to fully recover after the pneumothorax, so I don’t think I believe him about 2 weeks recovery from surgery!
So does anyone has experience like this, or VATS surgery in general?
I can't answer your question but what I can do is wish you luck and site all will go well. Please let's us know how you are and remember we are all here thinking of you and supporting you. Have a lovely weekend and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx 🌻🌻💖
Thanks for your well wishes x