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Recover more quickly

Get Well Soon

Helping you to make a speedy recovery after surgery to have part or all of a lung removed

Things that will help you to recover more quickly

Stop smoking

The single most important thing you can do to give yourself the best chance of recovery is to stop smoking - right now. By not smoking, you immediately start to improve your circulation and your breathing - not to mention a whole list of other benefits to the heart and lungs. The risk of developing complications after your operation will also reduce significantly if you stop smoking. Free expert help is available on the NHS to help you stop - ask your nurse or GP.

Eat healthily

Fresh fruit and vegetables will help to ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to heal.

Family and friends

Family and friends can give you two important things:

  • Practical help with the tasks you might be temporarily unable to do while you recover - such as driving, the weekly shop, or lifting heavier items.
  • Keeping your spirits up - the novelty soon wears off being home alone all day, and it’s easy to feel isolated by this. Having company can help you to worry less. It’s important not to let anxiety set in, as it can become a problem in itself which stands in the way of you getting back to your normal routine.

Keep a routine

Get up at your normal time in the morning, get dressed, move about the house. If you get tired, you can rest later.

Build up gradually

Have a go at doing some of the things you’d normally do, but build up gradually. Some suggestions are included in the recovery tracker. Obviously, everyone recovers at a different speed, so not all of the suggestions will be suitable for everybody.

When you’re building up your activities, you may feel more tired than normal. If so, stop, and rest until your strength returns. If you feel pain, stop immediately and consult your GP.

If you live alone, and you do not have family or friends close by, organise support in advance - have family or friends come to stay with you for the first few days after surgery if possible.

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