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Extrapleural Pneumonectomy

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Extrapleural Pneumonectomy

What is Extrapleural Pneumonectomy?

During extrapleural pneumonectomy, an entire lung is removed, along with part of the diaphragm and tissue surrounding the lungs and heart.

Also Known As:

  • Lung removal
  • Lung surgery
  • Lung removal surgery

Conditions Treated with Extrapleural Pneumonectomy:

Extrapleural pneumonectomy is utilized in cases of malignant mesothelioma.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Extrapleural Pneumonectomy:

There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to extrapleural pneumonectomy

Anesthesia with Extrapleural Pneumonectomy:

Extrapleural pneumonectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Extrapleural Pneumonectomy:

Possible risks following extrapleural pneumonectomy include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, lung collapse, shortness of breath, blood clot, arrhythmia, postpneumonectomy syndrome and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience lung failure, for mesothelioma to return or spread, or to need a chest tube.

Recovery from Extrapleural Pneumonectomy:

Total recovery from extrapleural pneumonectomy takes six to eight weeks.

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