Late Postoperative Complications
- Late postoperative complications are fortunately uncommon after thoracic surgical procedures; however, their rarity makes them even more important to understand.
- Meticulous surgical technique at the time of the original operation is the best way to avoid late postoperative complications, but not all are avoidable.
- Chronic pain is the most common late complication of thoracic surgical procedures and a multi-modality approach is key to proper management.
Postoperative complications are sometimes unavoidable but are best avoided by careful patient selection and meticulous attention to surgical technique.
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