The Day of a Lobectomy

On the day of a lobectomy, you can expect several tubes and lines to be placed in different parts of your body for the surgery. For example, you will have an intravenous fluid line (IV), through which you will be given medications and fluids during the procedure. If you are nervous before the surgery, you can ask for medication to help you relax.

What Will Happen on the Day of a Lobectomy?

On the day of your lobectomy, at your scheduled time, you may be taken to a preoperative room or directly to the operating room. Your privacy will be maintained at all times, and the staff will make every effort to keep you warm and comfortable. If you feel anxious or scared, as many patients do, you can ask for medication to help you relax.
To prepare you for surgery, patches will be put on the skin of your chest, arms, or legs for an electrocardiogram, or EKG. An EKG shows the electrical activity of your heart.
Your healthcare providers will place a number of tubes and lines into your body for use during and after your surgery. Exactly where and when these tubes and lines are placed will vary. But you should expect many of them to be put in before the lobectomy begins.
Your healthcare professional will give you an intravenous fluid line, or IV, through which you will be given medications and fluids during the surgery. You will also receive antibiotics so there is less of a chance for infections. A second IV, called an arterial line, may be put in one of your arteries. This usually goes in your right wrist, and it helps check your heart rate and blood pressure. A third IV may be put in a vein in your neck or upper chest.
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