As with any surgery, pneumonectomy is not without risks. Fortunately, serious complications are rare. Your overall health can play a role in whether you experience complications from the procedure. For example, people with diabetes or severe heart disease may be more likely to have problems.
Minor complications can include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Minor bleeding or bruising
- Minor infections.
Major complications, though rare, can include:
- Persistent shortness of breath
- Inability to breathe without a ventilator
- Blood clots
(To learn more about the risks associated with this procedure, as well as why it's a good idea to discuss your expectations with your healthcare provider beforehand, click Pneumonectomy Complications.)