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What is the quality of life of patients who have one lung removed?
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
3 doctors agree
In brief: It depends
It depends on the patient's preoperative lung function that is measured by pulmonary function tests (pft) and ventilation/perfusions scans.
Based on the tests drs can predict postoperative function. If below a certain number, then there may be risk of complications and poor quality of life. Talk to a boarded thoracic surgeon before having a pneumonectomy (whole lung removed).

In brief: It depends
It depends on the patient's preoperative lung function that is measured by pulmonary function tests (pft) and ventilation/perfusions scans.
Based on the tests drs can predict postoperative function. If below a certain number, then there may be risk of complications and poor quality of life. Talk to a boarded thoracic surgeon before having a pneumonectomy (whole lung removed).
Dr. David Cooke
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Depends
This really depends on how good lung function was before pneumonectomy (removal of one lung).
If lung function was good (fev1 > 70%) there should be minimal impairment after surgery.

In brief: Depends
This really depends on how good lung function was before pneumonectomy (removal of one lung).
If lung function was good (fev1 > 70%) there should be minimal impairment after surgery.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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