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Each lung is made up of 2 or 3 sections, called lobes. A lobectomy is the surgical removal of one of these sections from the lung.
A lobectomy is used to treat a variety of lung conditions, such as
- Lung cancer
- Congenital defects
- Fungal infections
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If you are planning to have a lobectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Anesthesia-related problems
- Collapsed lung
- Need for prolonged artificial respiration on a ventilator
- Damage to neighboring organs or structures
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Advanced age
- Excessive alcohol intake
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site
- Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot...