I had a complex surgery done on my L1-L3 and the anterior access was gained via thoracotomy (this is where a thoracic surgeon goes in through the side, between 2 ribs, and moves all of the vital organs. My surgeon did end up deflating my lung and I had the chest tube for 3 days.
I have read through a few posts about people's experience with this surgery, but I was wondering if you'd indulge me. I was wondering whether the intense pain at the incision site was normal? And how long was it before you could breathe pain-free?
Also, mt organs are causing me grief, especially my intestines.
I am told I'm healing quickly but it seems slow to me