Collapsed lung after VATS surgery

Reply Wed 8 Dec, 2010 05:04 pm
Hi everyone, my name is Curt. I have had 3 collapsed lungs in the past 2 months. All of them had no know cause and were on my left lung. For the first collapse they just put in the chest tube and I was hopitalized for 2 days then I got to go home and rest. My lung collapsed again a little over a week after the first one. My surgeon then suggested the VATS surgery so I had that done the second time and in all honesty it wasn't that painful. I was in the hospital for about 4 days then I went home. I was told the chance for a recollapse was 1%. Well about a month later the same lung collapsed again, by this time I was very frusterated with the whole thing. So when I went to my doctor with the x-ray he was in shock, but seemed to think that it would heal on its own, I don't know how he could tell but I was willing to try because I didnt want another tube again. After about a week back to the doctor and my lung actually looked almost back to normal. then a few days later I went back again and my lung was fully re-inflated, so there was no leak thank god. But I am wondering how it even collapsed again anyways? my doctor didnt know and I have no idea, I just woke up in the night and could tell it was collapsed. I feel fine now, I just want to know if anyone else has had a similar experience and maybe an explanation on how it collapsed again after the VATS surgery? I would love to hear your stories and experiences as well. I am a healthy 19 year old male, I dont smoke or drink or anything. never have. Thank you so much!.

- Curt
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Reply Sun 19 Jun, 2011 03:33 am
@Curt Suneson,
Hi Curt, I am sorry I cant explain why your lung collapsed again but your story interests/worries me very much. I have had two collapsed lungs (both right, both spontaneous) in the last 6 months and am having a VATS procedure next Monday. I am female, 21 years old and also very healthy, however used to be a casual smoker. I hope my lung does not collapse again after the procedure, both experiences were very horrible for me. I was hoping you could help me, I would like to know how long after the VATS procedure did it take you to perform exercise again. I like to go running a lot and I also like to play basketball but have no idea how long recovery is going to take. Also how much pain were you in following release from hospital?? Any information would be much appreciated. Thanks you.
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Reply Tue 20 Dec, 2011 06:18 am
@Curt Suneson,
hey Curt, my boyfriend actually had the same thing happen to him.
His lung collapsed twice, had to re-inflate it with the tubes as well, then did the VATS surgery, and after about a year, it collapsed a little, then again about a month later which was a little worse (today).
No clue why, but to be completely honest, his doctors said it was "unlikely to collapse any further", but I can't say I'd believe everything one doc or specialist has to say. Perhaps go for a second opinion.
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