Recovery in hospital and recovery at home apply to surgery for pneumothorax.
Women affected by catamenial pneumothorax may benefit from hormonal treatment to stop ovulation. This is usually directed by a gynaecologist.
Particular care should be taken if you are considering flying or scuba diving.
You must have had a chest X ray which shows the pneumothorax has completely gone. You must then wait at least 1 week after the chest X ray showing your pneumothorax has completely gone before flying. If you had a pneumothorax because of trauma, you must wait at least 2 weeks after the chest X ray showing your pneumothorax has completely gone before flying. Guidelines may change, you should check with your doctor before flying.
Diving without treatment for a pneumothorax is extremely dangerous. Diving causes big changes in the respiratory system and compression of air within the body. If your pneumothorax happened for no reason you should not dive unless you have had surgery on both sides of the chest to prevent a further pneumothorax. After surgery you will need to have normal lung function tests and a normal CT scan of the chest before diving. Guidelines may change. You should have a specialist assessment of your individual fitness for diving prior to doing so. Ask your diving organisation for contact details, some GPs may be able to do assessments but many of them will not have had the training to do so.