Patient Education - Lung Cancer Program at UCLA
yourself about lung cancer:
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
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.
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
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
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