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A 33-year-old male asked:

What are the risks of lung biopsy surgery .? i have mass 5 cm in left lung and it's not cancer and so confused about the surgery ..

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Dr. Gan Dunnington
Thoracic Surgery 21 years experience
Biopsy low risk : Any 5 cm mass in the lung should be removed, as there is risk that it could have cancerous elements even if the biopsy was negative. If you are otherwise healthy, a surgical biopsy carries low risk of major complication (<1%). With that said, pain, recovery time, and complication rates can be affected by the approach the surgeon takes. A minimally invasive (vats) approach has advantages
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