My mother just had surgery to remove a lower lobe of one lung three days ago. All was going well, until the next day she started to swell. The swelling continued (even with a chest tube already in place after surgery) untill it got to the point today of almost unbearable; throat closing, eyes swelled so tightly shut you couln't pry them open, and very hard skin-no sponginess to it at all. They put an additional chest tube in, and gave her a different oxygen with moist air.
Was this the correct way of taking care of the swelling caused by trapped and building up air? Is there anything else to help relieve the trapped air?
Is there anything that can be done to help this lung repair from surgery?
What are the complications of all this trapped air? What is the prognosis for recovery?