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Doctor insights on: Side Effects After Lung Removal Or Living With One Lung

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I'll be undergoing a lung removal operation. What can I expect?

I'll be undergoing a lung removal operation. What can I expect?

Talk: Talk with your surgeon. Ask them to draw exactly what they will be doing. Ask about the recovery process, both while in the hospital and once you leave. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Else ever experienced lung removal?

Else ever experienced lung removal?

Countless patients: Depending on functional status of remaining lung tissue and extent of resection, most patients lead an entirely normal life after lung resection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lung removal?

What is the definition or description of: lung removal?

Lung removal: Lung resection surgery includes usually lobectomy and pneumonectomy. The lung is divided anatomically into 3 lobes on the right and 2 lobes on the left. Surgical removal of a lobe is called a lobectomy. Removal of the entire lung is called a pneumonectomy. These are usually done via a thoracotomy incision but can be done with small incisions or vats surgery. ...Read more

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Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

Heart problems like shifting after lung removal surgery?

It Can: Especially have removal of an entire lung, or pneumonectomy. The heart and great vessels can shift to the side of the lung that was removed. This is called "post pneumonectomy syndrome". It is a rare condition and can limit the blood returning to the heart and/or the blood leaving the heart. ...Read more

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What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

What are common heart problems after lung removal surgery?

Few: Do you mean pneumonectomy? Total removal of one lung? Well atrial fibrillation may occur in about 20%. Bouts of pulmonary hypertension may cause right ventricular dysfunction. Left pneumonectomy usually better tolerated than right.Depending on preoperative overall ventricular function and the quality of the remaining lung, symptoms minimal to catastrophic. ...Read more

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I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days ?

I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days ?

Depends on details: The details of why and how the surgery was performed as well as baseline health status all impact length of stay (los). Generally, minimally invasive (vats or robotic) surgery has shorter los then thoracotomy. Generally, more "normal" lung tissue vs emphysematous/copd lung tissue has less complications and therefore shorter los. Saying much beyond would be wild speculation. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

What are the side effects of lung cancer? And what is the process of getting rid of it or is it curable? Can you live with one lung?

Multiple: Lung cancer effects can either be local, due to the location of the cancer, or distant, due to metastasis or spread. Once diagnosed, treatment is focused on removal or chemotherapy and /or radiation if not removable. Cure is generally based on the stage of the cancer at presentation. You can live with one lung quite well. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of taking steroids for baby lungs?

What are the side effects of taking steroids for baby lungs?

Benefits: The benefits of fetal lung maturity far outweigh the risks. They reduce neonatal death, improve lung function, and lessen the risk of bleeding into the brain. If you meet the criteria for steroids, talk with your physician about any apprehension. ...Read more

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Lung Removal (Definition)

Lung resection surgery includes usually lobectomy and pneumonectomy. The lung is divided anatomically into 3 lobes on the right and 2 lobes on the left. Surgical removal of a lobe is called a lobectomy. Removal of the entire lung is called a pneumonectomy. These are usually done via a thoracotomy incision but can be done with small ...Read more