Pleural Pneumonectomy Benefits, Risks and Post-Surgery Expectations
Definition: A pleural pneumonectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a lung in order to control the spread of pleural mesothelioma.
Benefits: Pleural pneumonectomy can help manage symptoms and even prevent local cancer recurrence.
Risks and Drawbacks: Many risks are associated with this surgical procedure, ranging from the possibility of death during surgery to a difficult recovery period.
About the Procedure: Pleural pneumonectomy is a complex surgical procedure done under general anesthesia.
Post-Surgery Expectations: Complete recovery can be achieved in 2-3 months, time in which patients learn to adapt living with only one lung.
A pneumonectomy consists of the surgical removal of a lung. It is a major medical procedure that aims to reduce or even completely remove the presence of diseases caused by lung cancer or pleural mesothelioma. By removing the affected lung, the spread of malignant cells to other organs or sites of the body is diminished or even completely stopped, thus curing or, at least controlling the disease.
Pleural pneumonectomy is performed on patients who suffer from early stages of pleural mesothelioma when the disease still resides within one lung. If cancer hasn't started spreading yet and it doesn't affect the surrounding tissues, then pleural pneumonectomy is a viable, though dangerous solution. 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.