Lobectomy scheduled—What kind of home help will I need?
I’m scheduled for a laparoscopic robotic lobectomy in a few weeks. I’ve gotten mixed answers about aftercare from my surgeon and someone who had similar surgery more than 10 years ago. The surgeon thinks I’ll be released the day after the surgery and be able to drive myself home without help. The former patient thinks I’ll need help at home for a week. If you had this surgery, did you need help with showering & dressing? Were you able to fix simple meals & load the dishwasher? I’m right-handed and half of my right lung will be removed. I’ve thought about checking into assisted living for a few weeks after surgery, but it would be an out-of-pocket expense. I’m a senior citizen who lives alone in a rural area about an hour away from a hospital.