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Thymectomy/Mediastinal Mass

The thymus, is a small organ that lies in the upper chest under the breastbone and is part of the lymph system. It is removed in cases where there is a tumor in the gland or in patients with myasthenia gravis, a neurologic disorder. A thymectomy or removal of the thymus gland can be done through many ways. Our surgeons use minimally invasive techniques, typically robotics, to remove the gland. Larger tumors may require other techniques. Small masses in the mediastinum (area in front of the heart) can be removed by similar techniques.

Thymectomy/Mediastinal Mass

After Thymectomy/Mediastinal Mass Surgery

Patients having lung resection typically stay in the hospital 1-2 days. They have a small tube draining fluid and air from their side. When the tube is removed (usually 1-2 days after surgery), the patient can expect to go home. They usually have a PCA for pain which is transitioned to oral pain medications when the tube is removed.

Patients start with a clear liquid diet and are advanced to a regular diet if they tolerate clear liquids. Patients are encouraged to be out of bed and walk as much as possible.