Are there any firefighters out there that any one knows of who have experience a spontaneous pneumothorax themselves. I recently had one which kept me in the hospital for a week, was released and then had another one on the same side a day and half later. I've been off work now for 3 weeks already. How long did it take before you were able to comfortably go back to work? I've been out of the hopital after my surgery (VATS) for a week and a half. Still pretty sore. at this point I'm planning to try to go back the 15th of the month. My wife and all my co workers say take the rest fo Feb. off. Just curious how long any one else was down.