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Question: How long after a Thoracotomy for pneumothorax can I return to work? I had a Thoracotomy on 12-1-08 for a pneumothorax. What is the average time that a person is out of work for this type of procedure? I spent 8 days in the hospital.

Answer: It will of course, be dependant upon how you feel. If you have a strenuous job, you may be off work up to 6-8 weeks. If you have an easy job, or you sit at a desk, you may be off for 3-4 weeks after your surgery.

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