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Therapy: Pulmonary Lobectomy

Therapy: Pulmonary LobectomyPulmonary lobectomy

Normal anatomy:
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.

Procedure:
If a cancer or lesion is within a lobe of the lung, removal of the involved lobe is indicated.

Under general anesthesia with the patient deep asleep and pain free, an incision is made between the ribs to expose the lung.

The chest cavity is examined and diseased lung tissue is removed. A drainage tube (chest tube) is inserted to drain air, fluid, and blood out of the chest cavity and the ribs and skin are closed.

Therapy: Pulmonary LobectomyAftercare:
Hospital stay is usually 7 to 10 days.

Deep breathing is important to help prevent pneumonia, infection, and re-expand the lung.

The chest tube remains in place until the lung has fully re-expanded. Pain is managed with medications.

The patient recovers fully in 1 to 3 months after the operation

 

 

 


Review Date: 4/13/2004 12:00:00 AM Reviewed By: John A. Daller, MD, PhD., Department of Surgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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