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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A video-assisted mediastinoscopy is a procedure to look inside your mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space inside your upper chest between and in front of your lungs.
- Medicines may be given to help decrease pain or prevent or treat an infection. Ask your primary healthcare provider (PHP) how to take prescription pain medicine safely.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or surgeon as directed:
You will need to return to have your wounds checked and the stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Bathing with stitches:
Follow your PHP's instructions on when you can bathe. Gently wash the part of your body that has the stitches. Do not rub on the stitches to dry your skin. Pat the area gently with a towel. When the area is dry, put on a clean, new bandage as directed.
Contact your PHP or surgeon if:
- You have a fever.
- You have nausea or are vomiting.
- Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your wound has blood, pus, or a foul-smelling odor.
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