Daily chest radiographs are obtained to assess mediastinal position and surveillance for infiltrates in the remaining lung. Any suggestion of pneumonia, clinically or biologically, is treated with antibiotics, chest physiotherapy, and bronchoscopy if needed.
Nasogastric tubes are used to decompress the stomach and to prevent aspiration. These are removed on day two after surgery. The red rubber catheter or chest tube is removed on day three after surgery.
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