Extrapleural Pneumonectomy Benefits, Risks and Post-Surgery Expectations
Definition: An extrapleural pneumonectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a lung and all surrounding tissues.
Benefits: Extrapleural pneumonectomy can help patients live longer with pleural mesothelioma, and help with symptom management.
Risks and Drawbacks: Extrapleural pneumonectomy is a complicated and dangerous surgical procedure that can even result in death.
About the Procedure: Extrapleural pneumonectomy was first developed as a way to treat tuberculosis, but it has since been improved and adapted to fit other needs.
Post-Surgery Expectations: For the first few days after surgery, patients breathe using respirators and require the use of drainage tubes. Total recovery can last more than three months.
Extrapleural pneumonectomy, also known as EPP, is a radical surgery meant for patients with early stages of mesothelioma. While being a lot more dangerous than other procedures, EPP can help control tumor growth by removing a cancerous lung as well as the surrounding tissues (chest lining, heart lining, diaphragm, and lymph nodes).
EPP is performed on patients who suffer from early stages of pleural mesothelioma when cancer hasn't started spreading yet and is still confined within the chest area. Mesothelioma is not often diagnosed until it reaches more advanced stages, causing many patients not to be eligible for this surgery.
If you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma and you need to undergo surgery or already had the surgery, we recommend you contact us and seek legal advice.