Question 12 from the first paper of 2000 asks: "Outline your postoperative management plan for a patient who has just -returned from the operating theatre after undergoing bilateral thoracoscopic lung reduction for emphysema".
This question can be generalised to any patient with a bilateral thoracoscopic lung resection.
(of course, the bilateral open lung resection is an entirely different animal - apparently the approach is usually through a sternotomy, at least in the former Soviet Union).
A great LITFL article on the topic of lung reduction surgery presents up to date information regarding the patient selection process and appropriate work-up.
A generic-looking systematic approach to the post-operative management of the bilateral lung reduction surgery patient can be found in the discussion of Question 12. The core of this brief summary will focus on idiosyncratic features of this procedure, rather than the bog-standard ICU supportive care. Yes, they will get some TEDs and ulcer prophylaxis, but that is not exciting or special. Yes, vigorous physiotherapy and early mobilisation is recommended, but ... when is it not recommended?