Our expert says:
He is probably only using 1 1/3 lungs at the moment to breathe with as the area with the tumour does not work properly anyway. Lung tissue is pliable so the remaining lung will expand and he may even have less difficulty breathing if constricting tissue is removed. To do the operation they sometimes cut through or remove a rib and spread the opening, so the muscle and chest wall can be quite sore for weeks to months. Usually physiotherapy is prescribed to assist with pain management and breathing. They will not let him go home without him being stable so I don't think you need to worry about this. I hope all goes well with the operation, let me know how he is?
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.