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A surgical procedure to remove all or part of a lung to remove cancerous cells in the tissue is Lung Cancer Surgery.
An incision is made on one side of the chest (thorax) to access the lung. After the cut is made between the ribs, all or part of the lung is removed depending on the location, size, and type of lung cancer that is present.
The types of lung surgery are
The most common symptoms of lung cancer are:
Before the surgery, the surgeon will recommed
The surgeon will check if the cancer has already spread to the lymph nodes between the lungs. This is often done just before surgery with mediastinoscopy, a process to get a visual of the thoracic cavity.
Lung Cancer Surgery is generally performed by an experienced surgical oncologist, under general anesthesia. It usually takes about 3 to 5 hours to perform the procedure.
Video-assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)
After surgery for lung cancer, the patient is monitored in intensive care (ICU) for a couple of days.
After shifting out of ICU, the nurses and physiotherapists will get the patient moving about as soon as possible, perform breathing exercises and leg exercises to prevent complications, such as blood clots in the legs or chest infections.
Regular chest X-rays are done to make sure the patient can breathe well.
In most cases, the patient will be ready to go home in about 10 days after the lung removal and 5 to 7 days after the lobectomy.
Lung cancer surgery is a complicated procedure. Possible risks include