What should I expect after a mediastinoscopy?

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After a mediastinoscopy (a surgical procedure done to examine the mediastinum -- the area inside of the upper chest, between and in front of the lungs):
  • You may feel sleepy for up to 24 hours if you received sedation. Resume normal activities gradually.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or operate machinery or power tools for 24 hours.
  • Do not make important decisions or sign important papers.
  • Begin with liquids and light foods. Avoid spicy, greasy or fried foods for 24 hours.
  • Slowly resume your normal diet as tolerated.
  • Drink lots of fluids the first day, especially water and juice, unless told to restrict fluids.
  • Keep the incision area clean and dry.
  • If stitches were used, they will be removed during a follow-up office visit. If adhesive strips were used, keep them dry. They should fall off within a few days.
  • Take a pain medicine for soreness as recommended by your doctor. Aspirin or certain other pain medicines may increase the chance of bleeding. Be sure to take only the recommended medicine.

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