Lung surgery is required for:
- The Removal or Biopsy of a Tumor
- The Treatment of Lung Cancer
- The Removal of an Infection, Abscess, or Blood Clots
- The Treatment of a Damaged Bronchial Airway or Lung Section
- The Treatment of a Collapsed Lung or its Associated Symptoms
Lung Cancer Surgery
A thoracic surgeon treats cancer patients when cancer cells needs to be removed from the lung or chest. Surgery is planned after the cancer has been diagnosed, typed, staged, and fully evaluated using diagnostic imaging. Surgery might include a detailed biopsy or lobectomy, which is the removal of a section (or lobe) of the lung. The best care for lung cancer is given when primary care providers, pulmonologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pharmacists work together to consult together and provide the best treatment option for each patient.
It seems difficult to believe, but people can live (albeit not very easily) with blood clots in their lungs. This disease, called chronic thromboembolic disease, causes high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) and the associated symptoms, including eventual heart failure. In chronic thromboembolic disease, small blood clots travel to the lungs, stick together in the arterial walls, and block blood flow in the pulmonary arteries. The pulmonary arteries branch out in and supply blood to the lungs. When the lungs cannot get adequate blood flow due to these blockages, the result is pulmonary hypertension and, eventually, right-sided heart failure. Chronic thromboembolic disease can be treated surgically by opening up the blood vessels and removing the clots. This surgery is rare and is usually performed in highly specialized centers by uniquely trained and experienced thoracic surgeons.
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