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I heard that pneumonectomy has one of the highest in-hospital mortality rates. Is this true?

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Dr. Lourens Willekes II
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

Pneumonectomy, with correct planning, can be done safely with close to a 3% mortality rate.
Left sided pneumonectomy is considered safer than right sided pneumonectomy. That is mostly due to the fact that you are simply taking out slightly more lung on the right than the left. Chemotherapy and radiation all factor in to decisions to proceed with pneumonectomy or not.

In brief: No

Pneumonectomy, with correct planning, can be done safely with close to a 3% mortality rate.
Left sided pneumonectomy is considered safer than right sided pneumonectomy. That is mostly due to the fact that you are simply taking out slightly more lung on the right than the left. Chemotherapy and radiation all factor in to decisions to proceed with pneumonectomy or not.
Dr. Lourens Willekes II
Dr. Lourens Willekes II
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Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

A pneumonectomy has a mortality rate up to 6%.
Thoracic surgeons try to avoid pneumonectomy by performing what are called parenchymal sparing procedures such as sleeve lobectomy. See a board certified thoracic surgeon before undergoing a pneumonectomy.

In brief: Yes

A pneumonectomy has a mortality rate up to 6%.
Thoracic surgeons try to avoid pneumonectomy by performing what are called parenchymal sparing procedures such as sleeve lobectomy. See a board certified thoracic surgeon before undergoing a pneumonectomy.
Dr. David Cooke
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Dr. Craig Carter
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Yes

Among lung resection cases, pneumonectomy carries a high mortality rate, especially if it is an unplanned procedure, like in a trauma case.
If planned, patients have pre-operative testing which will show which people are poor candidates for surgery.

In brief: Yes

Among lung resection cases, pneumonectomy carries a high mortality rate, especially if it is an unplanned procedure, like in a trauma case.
If planned, patients have pre-operative testing which will show which people are poor candidates for surgery.
Dr. Craig Carter
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