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Lung Surgery Patient Guide

Types of Lung Surgery


A surgical procedure in which an entire lung is removed.A pneumonectomy is most often done for cancer of the lung that cannot be treated by removal of a smaller portion of the lung. A pneumonectomy is an open chest technique (thoracotomy).


Also called a pulmonary lobectomy, it is a common surgical procedure that removes one lobe of the lung that contains cancerous cells. Removal of two lobes is called bilobectomy.


Sleeve Lobectomy

A surgical procedure that removes a cancerous lobe of the lung along with part of the bronchus (air passage) that attaches to it. The remaining lobe(s) is then reconnected to the remaining segment of the bronchus. This procedure preserves part of a lung, and is an alternative to removing the lung as a whole (pneumonectomy).

Sleeve lobectomy  

Wedge resesctionWedge Resection

A wedge resection is a surgical procedure during which the surgeon removes a small, wedge-shaped portion of the lung containing the cancerous cells along with healthy tissue that surrounds the area. The surgery is performed to remove a small tumor or to diagnose lung cancer. A wedge resection is performed instead of a lobectomy (removing a complete lung lobe) when there is a danger of decreased lung function if too much of the lung is removed. A wedge resection can be performed by minimally-invasive video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) or a thoracotomy (open chest surgery).


SegmentectomySegment Resection (Segmentectomy)

A segment resection removes a larger portion of the lung lobe than a wedge resection, but does not remove the whole lobe.




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