Pleurectomy and Decortication Facts and Post-Surgery Expectations
Definition: Also known as "the lung-sparing surgery," pleurectomy and decortication is a type of surgery that removes tissues and tumor masses in the chest area.
Facts about Pleurectomy and Decortication: This surgery has a very high success rate and is much less dangerous than pleural or extrapleural pneumonectomies.
Post-Surgery Expectations: In the first few days after surgery, patients might experience mild symptoms and will practice breathing exercises. Total recovery can take a couple of weeks.
Pleurectomy and Decortication
Pleurectomy and decortication, also called P/D, is an aggressive treatment option suitable for victims of pleural mesothelioma in the early stages of the illness. This surgery involves the removal of the pleural lung lining and all adjacent tumor masses. Mesothelioma specialists also call it lung-sparing surgery, because unlike pleural pneumonectomy or extrapleural pneumonectomy, this surgery leaves the affected lung in place.
P/D is a two-part procedure. First, the pleurectomy involves the removal of the pleural lining that surrounds the lungs, as well as other visible diseased tissues. Then, the decortication surgically removes any tumor masses present on the surface of the affected lung and the rest of the chest area.
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.