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After Lobectomy/Thoracotomy and Saline solution for inhaling

Posted by @amn17, Dec 12, 2018

HI everyone, I recently had Thoractomy (open surgery) and I'm wondering if anyone here had the same operation on their lungs here? If so I'd like to hear about your experience and any information in this regard. How long your full recovery was? etc. Again Not VATS but open surgery/thoracotomy.
I am experiencing lot of pain after surgery and recovery is been very tough. I need to cough up and bring mucus but it's hard to cough with incision and when I was in hospital I inhaled saline through a mask which helped a lot to bring up stuff and also easier to breathe after. Please let me know If I have to purchse the solution by itself or can i but it with the mask? I have a nebulizer and wondering If I can just but the solution and use it.
Also does any saline solution work or has to be specifically for inhaling? Thank you!

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I nebulize using 1tsp of salt to 8oz distilled water. It helps a lot bringing up mucus.. where did you buy the mask? I’m looking for one to wear in crowds.

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I nebulize using 1tsp of salt to 8oz distilled water. It helps a lot bringing up mucus.. where did you buy the mask? I’m looking for one to wear in crowds.

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@taya Hi there. I like the disposable N95 masks made by 3-M for painters. They have a special small thing on the front that allows filtered breathing. That way you don't get sweaty underneath the mask. They run something like 6.95 for two.

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@amn17 Hi. When was your resection surgery? Yeah, I bet it does hurt like heck to cough. As for the saline most of us on here use, it is either 3% or 7%. It has to be prescribed by a dr. Your dr may not want you doing it yet as it could really irritate your healing lung. That is a discussion you may want to consider with him/her. I hope that you get to feeling better soon. Did you have the surgery at NJH?

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