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Open lung biopsy scheduled and I didn't really catch what is involved?
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Discuss
In general, agree with dr. Arenberg's answer/description of procedure.
But, the specifics for you depend on why you are having a biopsy. If it is for an isolated area, it may be a single piece of lung tissue. Biopsy for generalized lung disease diagnosis may require between 3-4 pieces of lung tissue being excised. Well trained thoracic surgeon will perform over 85% of lung biopsies by vats.

In brief: Discuss
In general, agree with dr. Arenberg's answer/description of procedure.
But, the specifics for you depend on why you are having a biopsy. If it is for an isolated area, it may be a single piece of lung tissue. Biopsy for generalized lung disease diagnosis may require between 3-4 pieces of lung tissue being excised. Well trained thoracic surgeon will perform over 85% of lung biopsies by vats.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Listen next time ;-)
Most open lung biopsy is done with ~3+ small incisions.
A scope (thoracoscope) inserted in one to see the lung with the biopsy tool ("stapler"...Yes a stapler) insertedinto another hole to take a piece of the lung. Most are outpatient procedures, but if more extensive surgery is done (for lung cancer for example), expect to stay. A tube may be left in to re-inflate the lung.

In brief: Listen next time ;-)
Most open lung biopsy is done with ~3+ small incisions.
A scope (thoracoscope) inserted in one to see the lung with the biopsy tool ("stapler"...Yes a stapler) insertedinto another hole to take a piece of the lung. Most are outpatient procedures, but if more extensive surgery is done (for lung cancer for example), expect to stay. A tube may be left in to re-inflate the lung.
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Dr. Douglas Arenberg
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