After Lung Surgery

How long does it take to recover from lung surgery?

Recovering from lung surgery generally takes most people anywhere from a few weeks to 3 months.

Before you leave hospital, you’ll be given detailed instructions for exercise, medications, follow up appointments, ongoing wound care and resuming normal activities.

How do I start exercising again after lung surgery?

Exercising will help to speed up your recovery, and it’s a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise increases your fitness levels, reduces breathlessness, controls weight, improves your mood and increases your muscle strength. 

Start with short and simple walks, and gradually increase length and intensity.

You can walk as much as you like as long as you feel comfortable, and daily walking - if only for a few minutes - is ideal.

To learn more about exercising after lung surgery, watch the video below.


Where can I go for ongoing support after lung surgery?

After you leave hospital, your respiratory team will be available for ongoing support as you recover. You can also contact the following organisations for support and advice:

Remember, you are not alone in this. Your healthcare team and support network are there for you, to help you recover as best you can.