No medical procedure is ever completely free of risks. However, pneumonectomies have been performed for many years with successful results and limited complications.
Some pneumonectomy complications include but are not limited to:
If any of these complications develop, the treatment will depend on where it happens, how serious it is, and other factors, including your overall health. You may need to stay in the hospital longer than planned, and for some complications, you might even need to have a blood transfusion or another surgery.
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The goal of a pneumonectomy is to take out a lung that has a malignant tumor in it. While this lung surgery may take time to recover from, it can help you live longer and feel better. Some of your symptoms may improve after this surgery, but it's important to remember that it may not be a cure. Each person will have different results, depending on the size, type, and location of the tumor, as well as their overall health.