What Are Some Reasons for Getting Lung Removal Surgery?

What Are Some Reasons for Getting Lung Removal Surgery?

Doctors may recommend lung removal for patients suffering from lung cancer, notes WebMD. Some conditions, such as a benign tumor, lung abscess, tuberculosis, emphysema and fungal infection, may require the removal of one of the lobes of the lungs through a procedure called lobectomy, notes Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Some lung cancer patients undergo a thoracotomy to remove all or a section of the lung, says WebMD. Types of lung surgery include wedge resection to remove the wedge-shaped part that has cancer, pneumonectomy to remove the entire lung and sleeve resection to remove a part of bronchus that is cancerous. In a lobectomy, the doctor removes the entire cancerous lobe but the lungs can function properly with the remaining lobes.