Lung reduction surgery,

I had an appointment at the hospital yesterday and was told I have holes in my lungs top and bottom and was offered lung reduction surgery. Has anybody had any experience of this, as I am pretty worried also been told to get as fit as possible. I am starting pulmonary rehab on Tuesday but even have trouble walking to the car. I would be so grateful for any advice or help. Best wishes to all

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  • A friend of mine had this for scarring of her lung due to repeated pneumonia bouts. She had half a lung removed. She was in hospital for about a week and was sore and weak for around 6 weeks afterwards. She says she is so glad she had it done as she now feels much better. She was left with a big scar which is fading. She tells people it is a shark bite :) Good luck with it. xx

  • Thank you for replying, I needed a bit of reassurance so I appreciate the response, I will let you know how it goes when they do this Best wishes to you, Mogworth

  • A think ya very lucky as can inprove ya life ,. Been a few on here in time av been on here and have done well.

    Sure there are risk but is there not risk with everything we do ... even crossing a road is risky business these day's

    Have try keep things in persective i.e posatives v negatives

    My own view in early days of my condition was i would not have it done .. but now a know how real lung diease is and am nocking on the door a think i would now.

    But i dont have to worry about that now as my doc's have said its to dangerous for me given state of my lungs so its not a option for me.

    Yep i worry to as i know exaclty what that means for me ..

  • I had a lobectomy aged 18, over 40 years ago, due to a collapsed lung and chronic exacerbations. I felt and feel so much better since the operation. Although the lung capacity is reduced the health of the lungs is much improved, but at the end of the day it has to be your decision, I wish you well.

  • Thank you for your response, I feel pleased that they think they can make improvements in my life, and will do what I am supposed to do get as fit as is possible at pr classes I will let you know how I get on Best Wishes to you Mogworth!

  • I'm sure the PR course will improve your stamina and strength Mogworth. They will look after you.

    Wishing you All the best. Kind regards, Peeg

  • I'm sure the PR course will improve your stamina and strength Mogworth. They will look after you.

    Wishing you All the best. Kind regards, Peeg

  • That's what my friend said Sukee. She had it done in her mid 30's. Even though she only has 1 and a half lungs she is incredibly fit and active and walks up and down hills with no problems. x

  • Thank you for all your support it goes along way when your on your own. I do get so worried sometimes.

  • Hi Mogworth I had 50% of my right lung removed due to a large Bullae in 2009 my fev is now 39% but I get along ok. I had mine done at Guys in london although I was in for 3 weeks they were fantastic.

  • Thank you for your reply, What was is like after the op. have heard that it is hard to breathe after the op, and it take a bit of time to get used to! any information would be helpful, can you also tell me what fev refers to, sorry to be so green! Best wishes mogworth

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