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Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a pneumonectomy?

A pneumonectomy is surgery to remove one of your lungs because of cancer, trauma, or another condition.

The Lungs

How do I prepare for surgery?

Your surgeon will talk to you about how to prepare for surgery. He or she may tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery. He or she will tell you what medicines to take or not take on the day of your surgery.

What will happen during surgery?

You will be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep and free from pain during surgery. Your surgeon will make an incision from front to back on one side of your chest. Your lung will be removed. Tubes may be put in your chest to drain extra blood and fluid. Your incision will be closed with stitches or staples and covered with a bandage.

What are the risks of surgery?

You may bleed more than expected or develop pneumonia. You may have trouble breathing. You may develop an irregular heartbeat. Fluid may build up around your lungs or heart. You may have decreased blood flow to your heart. You may have trouble breathing. You may get a blood clot in your lung. This may become life-threatening.

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