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Dr. Ghulam Abbas
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Lobectomy (Definition)

The right lung is made up of the right upper, middle, and lower lobes. The left lung is made up the the upper and lower lobes and a portion that is called the lingula. A lobectomy is the removal of ...Read more


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Can someone become very sick from a lobectomy?

Can someone become very sick from a lobectomy?

Which lobe?: Are you referring to brain, lung, liver, or thyroid? All surgeries involve certain risks. This is where a little homework goes a long ways. Find a surgeon and facility of good reputation and your risk should be reasonable. ...Read more

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What kind of complications can occur awhile after lobectomy?

What kind of complications can occur awhile after lobectomy?

Variety: Actually the vast majority of patients do not suffer any complications. Most patients will have some degree of post op pain and some will be on oxygen temporarily. More serious complications are rare. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After someone has a pneumonectomy what happens next? What's recovery like?

Need expert advice. After someone has a pneumonectomy what happens next? What's recovery like?

Depends: depends on how good your other lung is. One would expect to have less exercise capacity but how much you notice this depends on how your lung function was generally pre-op and by how active you are. Someone who is sedentary may not even miss the lost capacity for example. ...Read more

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What's a frontal lobectomy?

What's a frontal lobectomy?

A mistake?: Frontal lobotomy, a procedure rarely perfomed in which the frontal lobe of the brain is removed. A lobectomy generally refers to removal of one lobe of the lung, none of which are frontal. ...Read more

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I am having a left upper lobectomy for stage 1. What can I expect ?

I am having a left upper lobectomy for stage 1. What can I expect ?

Hopefully VATS: Vats or video-assisted thoracic surgery should be offered to nearly all patients with stage i lung cancer, as it leads to less pain faster recovery. Ask your surgeon for a minimally invasive lobectomy! ...Read more

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Anyone survive right hepatic lobectomy?

Anyone survive right hepatic lobectomy?

Most do: Most liver resections are done at high volume centers in the us by surgical oncologists or transplant surgeons. The centers are required to track their results to have consistent patient referrals from smaller hospitals. Modern techniques have significantly decrease the operative mortality rate. Check around for your options. ...Read more

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Which type of risk am i taking by not having a thyroid lobectomy to diagnose a nodule?

Which type of risk am i taking by not having a thyroid lobectomy to diagnose a nodule?

Talk to doctor: Most thyroid nodules are benign. There are some features on an ultrasound that are more, or less, consistent with cancer. A needle biopsy may detect cancer cells. Balancing these, one has to make a decision to remove the nodule or watch it. This is best done with your endocrinologist and a good thyroid surgeon. ...Read more

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Severe post lobectomy pain ?

Severe post lobectomy pain
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What kind?: There are several different kinds of lobectomy: liver, thyroid, or lung. If you can be a little more specific we would be happy to answer your question. ...Read more

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What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?

Entire lung: A pneumonectomy is the removal of the entire lung on one side, usually for lung cancer. Thoracic surgeons now trie to avoid pneumonectomy by performing what are called lung sparing procedures, such as sleeve lobectomy. See a board certified thoracic surgeon before undergoing a pneumonectomy. ...Read more

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Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

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. ...Read more

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How long does pain last after a lobectomy?

Depends: If you had a thoracotomy, your pain could take 2 months of more to completely resolve. If you had a thoracoscopic procedire, it is typically much shorter, like 2 weeks or so. These are averages and by defnintion these numbers apply to no one indivisual, but represent the aggregate experience of many patients with the same problem. Yours could be better or worse. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lobectomy?

What is the definition or description of: lobectomy?

Partial lung removal: The right lung is made up of the right upper, middle, and lower lobes. The left lung is made up the the upper and lower lobes and a portion that is called the lingula. A lobectomy is the removal of one of these lobes. ...Read more

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How long until I don't feel pain from a pneumonectomy?

How long until I don't feel pain from a pneumonectomy?

Three to six weeks.: The pain will decrease each week as healing takes place. The is mostly from the muscles in between the ribs being stretched. In some cases a small piece of bone or cartilage may have to be removed to create a window for the instrumentation to to be introduced and manipulated through. Use a pillow to hug it and thus support the rib cage when you are doing your breathing exercises. This will help. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pneumonectomy?

What is the definition or description of: pneumonectomy?

Lung removal: Pneumonectomy is removal of lung tissue. If is probably most frequently performed for localized lung cancer. ...Read more

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After having a pneumonectomy when will I be able to jog?

After having a pneumonectomy when will I be able to jog?

It depends!: First, were you able to jog before? If so, then you should be able to do so afterwards. More importantly, this is a question that is best addressed by your surgeon, hopefully pre-operatively. S/he should address all your questions & concerns before the operation (given that it's not emergent). S/he can also go over your recovery & what to expect when. Regardless of what we say here, go see ur doc. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to go jogging after my pneumonectomy?

Will I still be able to go jogging after my pneumonectomy?

Possibly: Depends on your level of lung function prior to surgery. If your remaining lung works well, you may have few, if any, limitations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about right hepatic lobectomy?

Can you tell me about right hepatic lobectomy?

Sure: The liver has several lobes by anatomical definition. Removal of a part of the liver partial hepatectomy can be accomplished. Right lobectomy is one of those. ...Read more

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Can you go back home after a left temporal lobectomy?

Can you go back home after a left temporal lobectomy?

The brain has: Temporal lobes on each side, and the region may be associated with speech and word finding. You surely can leave the hospital, but I do not know your 'ability' to walk and function, and what your home situation is. The operation and procedure are onlypart of the story... ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Pneumonectomy (Definition)

Pneumonectomy is removal of lung tissue. If is probably most frequently performed ...Read more