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Lobectomy scheduled—What kind of home help will I need?

Lung Cancer | Last Active: Aug 18 12:17pm | Replies (12)

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@lindabradley42

I had l upper lung lobe removed and partial l lower lobe removed on 12/18/20. The surgeon tried doing it using the robot but had to switch to open method because of scarring from radiation. This has been a difficult recovery, finally 8 weeks later I am feeling much better. I had mets to lungs from colorectal cancer. In 2017 I had a small area of mets removed from both lungs, wedge resection, using robot. That was a much easier recovery. With the surgery on 12/18/20 I was in the hospital 2 nights. Laparoscopic surgery should be easier than open surgery, but I think you will need help. You mentioned you are a senior, are you eligible for homecare? I was able to shower and dress myself. We planned easy meals such as store bought rotisserie chicken. Personally I think someone else should drive you home and you will need help at least for 1 week or maybe 2. I needed pain medicine with both surgeries, much less with robotic surgery. They don’t advise driving while on pain meds. Could you talk to a social worker or discharge specialist where you are going for surgery? They can help you understand what your options are. I hope you do well, keep us updated.

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Thank you Linda. I have made a list of questions to ask a social worker. May your healing continue.