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An operation for a thymic mass is a significant surgery. People commonly experience some degree of pain and shortness of breath after surgery. Weakness and fatigue may linger for weeks. Complications following mediastinal surgery can include:
Reactions to anesthesia
Blood clots in the legs or lungs
Hematoma This is when the surgery site fills up with blood and there is a sudden onset of swelling and pain. This is a complication that requires urgent medical intervention.
Infection Signs of infection include a fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, pain at the incision site, or discomfort that medicine does not control.
Phrenic nerve injury The nerve to the muscle that supplies your breathing muscle, the diaphragm" to the list of complications.