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Is the pneumonectomy a risky thing to do?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
Answer assisted by Brittany Chan, Medical Student
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Excellent answer by the medical student. I would add that a pneumonectomy is safer when performed by an experienced general thoracic surgeon, or one who performs many such procedures. In general, the riskier the procedure, the more importantw it is to seek a doctor who has a large experience in that procedure.
Dr. David Cooke
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Can be

Surgeons try to avoid pneumonectomy by performing lung sparing surgery called sleeve lobectomies.

In brief: Can be

Surgeons try to avoid pneumonectomy by performing lung sparing surgery called sleeve lobectomies.
Dr. David Cooke
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