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