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What does it mean to get pneumonectomy?
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: One lung removed
Normally your right lung may have 55% of your lung function and left lung 45%.
That is for normal lungs. For smokers lungs a v/q scan will give a better idea of the actual specific function per lung. Having only one lung may be tolerated if the expected post op fev1 is over 800cc's or if you were able to climb 2 flights of stairs effortless before surgery.

In brief: One lung removed
Normally your right lung may have 55% of your lung function and left lung 45%.
That is for normal lungs. For smokers lungs a v/q scan will give a better idea of the actual specific function per lung. Having only one lung may be tolerated if the expected post op fev1 is over 800cc's or if you were able to climb 2 flights of stairs effortless before surgery.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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