ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
Assessment of complications and surgical timing in post-COVID-19 thoracotomy patients: A single-center experience
Çiğdem Yıldırım Güçlü1, Bülent Mustafa Yenigün2, Gökhan Kocaman2, Yusuf Kahya2, Canan İbiş1, Samet Baloğlu2, Başak Ceyda Meco1
1Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Medicine Faculty of Ankara University, Ankara, Türkiye
2Department of Thoracic Surgery, Medicine Faculty of Ankara University, Ankara, Türkiye Received: January 17, 202
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2023.24640
Background: This study aims to assess the complications in post-novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) thoracotomy patients and to evaluate the time interval between infection and surgery and the effect of vaccine timing and vaccine type in these patients.

Methods: Between May 2020 and January 2022, a total of 74 patients (34 males, 40 females; mean age: 54.5±13.7 years; range, 22 to 27 years) who had COVID-19 infection and underwent thoracic surgery were retrospectively analyzed. Data including demographic and clinical characteristics, the surgery type, length of intensive care unit and hospital stay, and postoperative complications were recorded. Complications were defined as respiratory, cardiac, thrombotic, and other complications. The time period between COVID-19 infection and surgery was noted. All patients were questioned regarding their vaccination status.

Results: Having a symptomatic COVID-19 infection did not significantly affect the development of postoperative complications and length of intensive care unit or hospital stay. Thoracic involvement was the main factor which affected the length of intensive care unit and hospital stay during COVID-19 infection (p=0.004 and p=0.003, respectively).

Conclusion: Our study results suggest that the length of hospital and intensive care unit stay is related to the time period between infection and surgery. The longer that the patient waits after COVID-19 infection, the less time that the patient stays in the hospital.

Keywords : COVID-19 infection, postoperative complication, thoracotomy
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