Breathing Apparatus for Post Surgery

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   Posted 2/7/2012 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Have any of you been given a breathing apparatus to use after surgery.

My surgeon gave me one "Voldyne 5000" and told me to use this often to help with my breathing and strengthen the lungs.

It does help but I was wondering if any of you been given a similar device and has it helped you.


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   Posted 2/7/2012 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
My father had one after his hernia surgery.
It helped him a great deal.
I didn't get one though after my surgery.

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   Posted 2/7/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, its called an incentive spirometer. I was required to use it every few hours for 2 days, then a couple of times a day for the rest of the first week. After doing the exercises with it, I could easily notice a difference in how much I could breathe in compared to before.

I know a couple of trumpet players that use one too to help maximize how much air they can breathe in. I kept mine around, don't know why, Its kinda neat.


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   Posted 2/7/2012 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
The Voldyne 5000 is used to strengthen your lungs after surgery, whenyou have pneumonia as well as when you are on best rest and inactive.  We have a collection of them as everytime my hubby is hospitalized they give him a new one and we bring it home. We have lots of wash basins and emesis basins too. 
I was thinking of having a garage sale smhair

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   Posted 2/7/2012 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Max,
Since you were released from the hospital right away, you were sent home with that piece of helpful equipment.  After surgery your lungs are at risk for developing problems, and breathing into your little Voldine 5000 will help you avoid this.  Your surgery can cause you to favor your ribs, etc, and keep you from taking full breaths.  Plus your activity is reduced. 
So blow away, and keep those lungs working.  Once you're up and around and getting more real exercise it won't be necessary. 
It's really a pretty typical piece of hospital recovery equipment.
Sounds like you're doing well, and that you have the right attitude.  Allowing your recovery to take the lead will make the process much easier.  Great job!
Take care,

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   Posted 2/8/2012 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Max, I was given one too. I used it in hospital every few hours to help breathing and prevent pneumonia. The device is thrown away if you don't take it with you. Can't be reused. Glad your surgery went so well!


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   Posted 3/6/2013 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have some sanitary concerns after bringing it home from the hospital after surgery.
Is there a danger of bringing home something that's been growing in the hospital
and potentially dangerous after time?
How do you clean (wash) the thing, particularly if you don't have a dish-washer?
I called the company and they were absolutely no help.
They refused to reccommend or advise if it should be cleaned or not
or answer if it could pose a danger or not
and would only comment that it was a "disposable" prescription item.
It seems to me that if you're blowing bacteria from your mouth
into a plastic enclosure where moisture can accumulate,
you risk growing a colony of bugs that can harm you,
even though the few that you're exposed to normally are easily defeated by your immune system.
Has anyone here been advised about these concerns or have some professional knowledge about them?

Pat Tall
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   Posted 3/6/2013 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
hywelda. To address your concerns, you should call the hospital where you had your surgery and ask to be put in contact with their "Infection Control Nurse." All hospitals have one. Ask him/her the questions and they should be able to guide you regarding the care of the product you brought home from their facility. Also, if you have a visiting nurse to your home-- another resource.
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