Coming home after VATs surgery and lobectomy

My husband came home yesterday a week in hospital after VATs surgery. Two days after surgery he vomited "coffee grounds" which, after endoscopy and CT are probably ulcers and he will be seen by a gastric consultant as an outpatient.  In the meantime we await the outcome of the biopsy taken during surgery (they did a lobectomy). Since arriving home he has found it very difficult to get comfortable particularly when trying to sleep. Is there a recommended sleeping position or type of pillow that would help? Also he has been hallucinating, which I find very worrying. The only pain relief he is on is paracetamol. But of course he is on a plethora of other meds . 

Any advice would be very welcome!

  • Hi

    Thanks for getting in touch and welcome to our online community. 

    I’m sorry to hear about the issues your husband has been having after surgery.  He has certainly been through a lot recently. It sounds like a worrying time for you both, especially when he is waiting on biopsy results too.

    Hallucinations can be due to several reasons, including infection.  We would recommend contacting your husbands GP urgently to be assessed.  If you are not able to speak to his GP we would recommend phoning 111 for an urgent assessment.

    Pain can affect sleep drastically.  Paracetamol can help but it sounds like he may need his pain medication reviewed to get him more comfortable. Your husband may find a v- shaped pillow is more comfortable to help him sleep or even using extra pillows at his back or sides may help.   He should also try to avoid lying on the affected surgery side if he can.  We have some hints and tips to help improve sleep which you can read here.

    I hope this information helps, but please don’t hesitate to get back in touch if you have any further questions. Remember you can always contact our Support Line on 0808 808 00 00 to speak with one of our nurses directly if that’s more helpful.


    Take care,


    Cancer Information Nurse Specialist.