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is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

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Dr. Brittany Chan
9 years experience Pediatrics
Benefit vs risk: A pneumonectomy is a major surgery in which an entire lung is removed. Like any major surgery, there can be complications - some serious. Risks include bleeding, infection, irregular heartbeat, blood clots after surgery, & even a heart attack. However, if you have a serious illness like lung cancer, the benefit to surgery may outweigh the risks. I urge you to discuss concerns w/ your doctor.
Answered on Mar 10, 2012
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Excellent answer by the medical student. I would add that a pneumonectomy is safer when performed by an experienced general thoracic surgeon, or one who performs many such procedures. In general, the riskier the procedure, the more importantw it is to seek a doctor who has a large experience in that procedure.
Mar 6, 2012
Dr. David Cooke
21 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Can be: Surgeons try to avoid pneumonectomy by performing lung sparing surgery called sleeve lobectomies.
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