Lobectomy Complications

Major Lobectomy Complications: Heart Problems
Some of the heart problems that can happen include:
 
 
Major Lobectomy Complications: Other Problems
Other potentially serious complications include:
 
  • The possible need to remove the whole lung
  • Serious infection
  • Significant bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Blood vessel injury
  • Blood clots
  • Wound breakdown
  • Nerve injury
  • Reaction to medication or anesthesia
  • Loss of life
  • Other rare and unlikely events.
     
Depending on your health, if there is a complication, you may need to stay in the ICU or the hospital longer than planned. You may also need to have a blood transfusion or another surgery. Other lobectomy complications may even cause permanent disability or loss of life.
 

Summary of Lobectomy Complications

It may be that in your doctor's practice, lobectomy complications are rare. However, in any surgery, complications can occur that are not expected and cannot be avoided, even if the procedure goes well. Your age, other medical problems, and the lung cancer stage will be factors in whether or not lobectomy complications develop. You can talk with your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the possible complications of a lobectomy. It's important for you to know about and understand the possible lobectomy complications, so that you are well informed before your procedure.
 
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