The surgical indication for this type of diaphragmatic surgery is to treat shortness of breath. Before the surgery, you go to the preparation room and then to the operating room. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and lasts about an hour and a half.
In patients with a paralyzed diaphragm, the diaphragm is surgically lowered to prevent contradictory movements of the diaphragm during breathing. Thus, patients often notice a clear improvement the day after the surgery, and if all goes well, you may return home after just one or two days after surgery. This is followed by a period of rehabilitation possibly with the help of a physical therapist.
Because paralysis persists even after surgery, patients are given lifestyle advice to take home after surgery to avoid major pressure on the diaphragm.
This means, for example, not straining hard, not jumping into water, not sliding into water from slides, or lifting heavy objects. During such activities, the throat is closed off and a hard strain is applied. Such great pressure under the diaphragm can tear the stitches or the diaphragm itself.
Of course, all advice is discussed in detail during the intake interview.