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coughing post surgery

It's been 3 months since I had my VATs surgery, Stage 1, and I am still coughing. Rarely coughed pre-surgery so I'm really making up for lost time here. My hopeful self says maybe it's getting better but only marginally so. I am booked to a specialist in two weeks - GP thinks it's acid reflux. Anyone else experienced this?

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Hi,I had a lung removed and heart bypass in February. I ended up with a paralyzed vocal cord. Though healing, I found I would still cough and feel like I had a lump in my throat. sometimes felt like something coming back up at night (but not usual burning that reflux is known for). The type of reflux I have is LPR laryngopharyngeal reflux. Symptoms: sore throat, cough, lump in throat, etc. I now started taking meds for reflux. I was told it was important to get a handle on as it continues to irritate my vocal cords and impede my healing. Just started and it takes at least 4 weeks before there will be an improvement noticed. Perhaps this could be looked into.

Thank you for this. I will definitely follow up with a specialist.

Cynthia Mac
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Elizabeth60‍ My Dad had a lung resection, but I can’t recall how long his cough lasted after. It’s a good question to ask your medical team, as you have. Even at 3 months out, it could be lingering effects of the anaesthetic, especially if you are starting to feel it’s getting better. I can’t remember if it was related to his cough or not, but one of Dad’s doctors referred him to a heart specialist about 6 months after his surgery, now that I think about it. But (big but) Dad also had a slight heart murmur they found when he was in his 40s, so it could have been that.

Keep an eye on it, and if it persists, I hope your GP will act on it quickly, and recommend you to whoever needs to know about this!
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@Elizabeth60 Hello Elizabeth, I had my VAT surgery in September last year and I am also still coughing, always feel like I have something in my throat and also some mucus or pleghm coming up when I cough. I’ve had some tests done and they can’t find any reason for the coughing and at every exam my lungs are clear. I don’t know why but I find that drinking a lot of water has helped a lot with reducing the coughing, I always cough more if I am working outside. I hope they find the cause of your coughing but try not to worry too much, it could be nothing to worry about, my surgeon told me last year that after a surgery like that a person is sometime left with some lingering side effect. My ribs still hurt a bit but that‘s because of the coughing and a nerve under the right breast got damaged so that part is completely numb and I sometime feel like I am getting some electric shock but I finally got use to it and it’s something I can easily live with since I am extremely lucky that the cancer is gone not everybody gets that chance so I am very happy with where I am right now. Take care and take life one day at a time because that’s all any of us really have!!

Resilience…today is a brand new day and I will make the most of it!!


Thanks Nicky. Yes one day at a time. Fantastic news that your cancer is gone! Resilience sure is the name of the game.

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That is great news the cancer is gone . Hopefully the cough will go away too .
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