Lung surgery, also known as pulmonary surgery, is a procedure that may be recommended for a variety of conditions affecting the lungs, such as lung cancer, pneumonia, emphysema, or pulmonary embolism. Here is some information that may be helpful for patients undergoing this procedure:
The purpose of lung surgery is to remove a portion of the lung or the entire lung, depending on the extent and location of the disease. The goal is to improve breathing function, relieve symptoms, and/or treat cancer.
Patients may need to fast for a few hours before the procedure, and should inform their healthcare provider of any medications they are taking.
During the procedure, a healthcare provider will make an incision in the chest and remove the affected portion of the lung. The surgery may be performed using minimally invasive techniques, such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), or open surgery, depending on the complexity of the case.
The duration of the surgery will depend on the extent of the disease and the type of procedure performed, but it typically takes several hours.
Like any surgery, lung surgery carries some risks, such as bleeding, infection, blood clots, or damage to nearby organs. Patients may also experience complications related to anesthesia or changes in breathing function.
Patients will typically need to stay in the hospital for a few days to a week after the procedure, and may need to use oxygen therapy or chest tubes to help with breathing. Recovery time can vary depending on the type and extent of surgery, but patients should avoid strenuous activity for several weeks and follow their healthcare provider’s instructions regarding medication and follow-up care.
It’s important for patients to discuss any questions or concerns they may have about lung surgery with their healthcare provider. Patients should also inform their healthcare provider if they experience any new symptoms or changes in their condition after the procedure. If you are having your lung surgery in Wollongong, please see our section under cardiac surgery for contact details of staff members who may help you with questions before or after your planned admission for surgery.