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Old 23rd April 2010, 09:08 PM
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Default Lung deflation?

I was wondering do they always have to deflate a lung when you have anterior/posterior surgery?
When I asked the dr who stood in for my surgeon he just said they dont always have to do that
In what situation might they have to?
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Old 23rd April 2010, 09:33 PM
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Default Re: Lung deflation?

They may need to do it if they have to do an anterior procedure to the thoracic spine, and perhaps for a costoplasty. It's nothing to worry about, though you'll wake up with a chest drain and it can feel a bit odd when they remove it.
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Old 23rd April 2010, 09:45 PM
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I had my lung deflated
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Old 23rd April 2010, 09:55 PM
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Default Re: Lung deflation?

I had my lung deflated for the anterior part of my surgery. They were removing discs around T2-T5 (not sure exactly which ones), so they needed to deflate it to get to my spine.

It was fine - nothing to worry about. If they deflate your lung, you'll have a chest tube when you wake up to drain it . This is to make sure that fluid doesn't build up. I had mine in for 3 days. It was a bit uncomfortable because it was so big and it hurt a bit when they took it out, mostly because they had to stitch the incision closed.
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Old 23rd April 2010, 10:58 PM
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Default Re: Lung deflation?

They deflated my lung when I had my anterior surgery (T11-L5) although I always wondered why as it was such a low fusion

It was fine though and I didn't experience any problems from it
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