If you were in contact with one of the lung Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) while you were in hospital they will contact you at home to ensure that you are recovering well and to offer advice.
Please discuss your progress with your GP and with us when you come for follow up appointments in clinic. We can give you a medical certificate to cover a short period, you will need further certificates to be issued by your GP.
If you plan to fly, you must have had a follow up chest X ray which shows the lungs are fully inflated. You must then wait at least a week after the chest X ray showing your lungs are fully inflated before flying. You cannot fly with a chest drain. Guidelines may change, you should check with your doctor before flying.
Travelling for prolonged periods increases the risk of blood clots (DVT), remember to keep hydrated and keep moving around. You should make sure you have medical insurance when you travel abroad. If you are going to be in the sun, ensure your wound is not exposed without a high factor (factor 15 or higher) sunscreen for about six months.
If you previously played sport you can start again gradually. You should consult your GP before taking part in contact or competitive sports.