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Lung Resection

Alternate Names : Lobectomy, Pneumonectomy, Wedge Resection, Removal of Lung Tissue

Lung Resection | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

After a lung resection, the person is taught how to care for the incision. Activity at home is based on how the person is feeling. Activity is advanced slowly as the person regains his or her strength. It may be a few weeks before driving, returning to work, or strenuous activity is advised. If the surgery was done to remove a tumor, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy may be needed.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

Side effects of surgery include bleeding, infection, and allergic reaction to anesthesia. Any small air hole left after surgery may allow air to leak from the lung into the chest, causing atlectasis. This surgery may also place a person at risk for persistent respiratory problems, such as pneumonia.

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Lung Resection: Preparation & Expectations


Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 09/04/01

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