Pneumonectomy Risks

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.
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Major complications, though rare, can include:
 
  • Persistent shortness of breath
  • Inability to breathe without a ventilator
  • Blood clots
  • Stroke.
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(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.)
 

Pneumonectomy Risks

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