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Hello! My father is currently participating in six weeks pulmonary rehabilitation program before his lung reduction volume surgery. Since he suffers from severe emphysema this surgery is his only option to improve his condition. I know that part of his lungs will be removed during the procedure which will enable him better breathing. What to expect after lung volume reduction surgery?

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Hello! After the procedure your father will be awakened from the general anesthetic and allowed to breath on his own. He will be given pain medicine through an epidural catheter to help control postoperative discomfort. He will also have drainage tubes left in the chest and they will drain any air or fluid from the chest. When the air and fluid leakage stops the tubes will be removed. Physical therapy will start immediately during his recovery phase while still in the hospital. He will be discharged from the hospital when he is mobile and tolerating a regular diet.
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This does not tell you anything. It is a blanket statement.
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