Lung surgery

Thoracotomy; Lung tissue removal; Pneumonectomy; Lobectomy; Lung biopsy; Thoracoscopy; Video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery; VATS

Lung surgery is surgery done to repair or remove lung tissue. There are many common lung surgeries, including:

  • Biopsy of an unknown growth
  • Lobectomy, to remove one or more lobes of a lung
  • Lung transplant
  • Pneumonectomy, to remove a lung
  • Surgery to prevent the buildup or return of fluid to the chest (pleurodesis)
  • Surgery to remove an infection in the chest cavity (empyema)
  • Surgery to remove blood in the chest cavity, particularly after trauma
  • Surgery to remove small balloon-like tissues (blebs) that cause lung collapse (pneumothorax)
  • Wedge resection, to remove part of a lobe in a lung

A thoracotomy is a surgical cut that a surgeon makes to open the chest wall.

Pulmonary lobectomy  - series

The lungs are comprised of lobes. The right lung has a superior lobe, middle lobe and inferior lobe. The left lung has a superior and inferior lobe.

Description

Why the Procedure Is Performed

Risks

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After the Procedure

Outlook (Prognosis)