• Can I expect to be on oxygen for the rest of my life if my Upper Left Lobe Lung is removed?

    Asked by Tighthead on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Can I expect to be on oxygen for the rest of my life if my Upper Left Lobe Lung is removed?

    Smoker for 40+ years and all I have is a wiz and can not walk over 2 blocks. Can I gain better breath after lung removed?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Karen4's Avatar

      You probably won't get better lung capacity after the surgery if you are already that limited. HOWEVER, lungs do learn to compensate for the loss of a lung or part of a lung, at least, that's what they told my mother in law when she had to have an entire lung removed. You should consult your care team about this and find out what will optimize your breathing post-operatively. Good luck and God bless!

      about 9 years ago
    • Caroli's Avatar

      My Mom had the upper left lobe removed. She didnt smoke but after surgery and onward she really takes deep breaths to expand the capicity . It is like an exercise she does that reeally helped her oxcegen level. It may hurt quite a bit. The Doc will give you some tube thing to breath into that will help excercise the lungs.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Tighthead's Avatar

      Well its been 30 days since surgery & the incentive spectrometer (tube thing) was the best help in gaining deeper breath. I only use the oxygen after a real tiring day, at rest when I'm short of breath, and in public (i.e. appointments, bus trips, & family events). I think once Chemotherapy starts I will be using it a little bit more? Anyway, thanks for your answers & May God Bless You!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Staci1219's Avatar

      Hey there, glad to hear surgery went well and you are doing ok. I'm sure you will do ok with chemo, keep positive attitude baby steps thru the whole procedure. If you need anything holler at me, you may email at anytime. God bless and I will be praying for you.

      almost 9 years ago

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