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17 year old son had 2 episodes of spontaneous pneumo-thorax (20% collapse). Surgery advisable ?

My 17 year old son has had 2 episodes of spontaneous pneumo- thorax (20 percent collapse), 2 months apart. Fine in between. Trying to decide on the surgery or waiting it out... We have minimal health insurance (this is the USA afterall!), so I m secondarily concerned about costs. Again, we go into this situation blind about the costs. No one even knows! First episode involved ER chest tube in for 12 hours, then all fine. Some episodes of intense pain. All surgery involves some risk. Just trying to weigh them all...
Asked On : Tue, 14 Aug 2012
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surgery definitely willhave some risk
you can try breathing exercises to reopen the collapsed lung
treat in fection if any with antibitics
better to take the opinion of the pulmonologist before contemplating surgery
videoscopic surgery may be less risky
hope this answer serves your purpose
take care
de mv subrahmanyam
Answered: Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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