When should I call my doctor?

It is important to keep your follow-up appointments after a lobectomy. Contact your doctor for questions and concerns between appointments. Call your doctor right away or seek immediate medical care if you have:

  • Bleeding
  • Breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, or wheezing
  • Change alertness, such as passing out, unresponsiveness, or confusion
  • Chest pain, chest tightness, chest pressure, or palpitations
  • Fever. A low-grade fever (lower than 101 degrees Fahrenheit) is common for a couple of days after surgery. It is not necessarily a sign of a surgical infection. However, you should follow your doctor's specific instructions about when to call for a fever.
  • Inability to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Leg pain, redness or swelling, especially in the calf, which may indicate a blood clot
  • Pain that is not controlled by your pain medication, new pain, or pain that changes
  • Severe nausea and vomiting
  • Unexpected drainage, pus, redness or swelling of your incision

How might a lobectomy affect my everyday life?

A lobectomy may cure your condition so you can lead the most active, healthy life possible. However, many people who have had a lobectomy have ongoing shortness of breath. This can occur even without exertion. You may need to wear oxygen during certain activities and restrict the kinds of work and activities you do. Each case is different, so follow your doctor’s advice about your activities.