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Surgical emphysema

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Hi all

i posted the other day about my dad’s air leak post vats lobectomy. He is now 5 days post op and whilst his levels have gone down he has been diagnosed with surgical emphysema. He’s been quite swollen and has an x Ray which shows air in the tissue. I though things were going the right way but mum says they have mentioned surgery.

does anyone have experience of this? I can’t help but worry :(

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Hi, LD, 

I posted on your other thread.  I had the same thing--they called it crepitus but it's subcutaneous emphysema caused by an air leak.  I was told it's not dangerous, just uncomfortable.  I had to go back in for another chest tube.

So I'm assuming the "additional surgery" is to try to get the trapped air released.  I'm told it generally resolves on its own but sometimes they need to do a bit extra to relieve the discomfort.  Chances are it's nothing to worry about.

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Thanks so much. It seems to be getting worse as it is now going to his eye. I’m hoping it does resolve on its own as we are now a week post surgery :( 

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Mine got up to my cheekbones right under my eye.  I googled the condition online and saw photos where it gets to the eyes and I knew I didn't want it to get that bad.  They'll get on top of it.  It's possible, I suppose, that they might need to do something to repair wherever the air leak is coming from.  

I hope he gets some relief soon---it is NOT fun.  

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Thanks for the reply. It got worse and his eye was swollen his chest and face. They have put another drain in and is slowly going (the consultant said it needs to be done slowly too)

im hopefull in a few days he can come home

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