Mediastinal Tumor Resection
Mediastinal Tumor Resection
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Reasons for Procedure
- Damage to the areas surrounding the tumor, including the heart, lungs, and spinal cord
- Fluid collecting between the lung tissue lining and the wall of the chest cavity
- Drainage, infection, or bleeding
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Physical exam
- Blood tests
- X-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body
- MRI scan —a test that uses magnetic waves to make pictures of structures inside the body
- CT scan —a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures of the inside of the body
- PET scan —a test that uses radiation to show activity in body tissue
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to one week before the procedure, like:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg, aspirin )
- Blood thinners (eg, clopidogrel [Plavix])
- Anti-platelet drugs (eg, warfarin [Coumadin])
- Eat a light meal the night before the surgery. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
- Arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital. Also, arrange for help at home.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- Avoid lifting objects heavier than five pounds.
- Do not to drive for 4-6 weeks.
- Increase your activity as you are able. This will help you recover.
Call Your Doctor
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
- Cough, difficulty breathing, or chest pain
- Pain, burning, urgency, or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
- Persistent nausea and/or vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Pain and/or swelling in your feet, calves, or legs
- Any other worrisome symptoms
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- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 12/2011 -
- Update Date: 12/30/2011 -