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Pulmonary Lobectomy
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Pulmonary Lobectomy?

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
  • Cysts
  • Tuberculosis
  • Fungal infections
  • Abscesses
  • Emphysema

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Possible Complications

If you are planning to have a lobectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia-related problems
  • Collapsed lung
  • Need for prolonged artificial respiration on a ventilator
  • Damage to neighboring organs or structures
  • Death

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Advanced age
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • 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...