The two standard surgical procedures for diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer are Thoroscopy and Lobectomy, both of which can be performed at CVMC.
Thoracoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that is done through several small incisions. Surgical instruments and the thoracoscope are inserted through these incisions.
Thoracoscopic surgery is used for both lung biopsies and wedge resection:
Lung Biopsy: A lung biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of lung tissue is removed through a small incision between the ribs. The lung tissue is then examined by pathologists in our laboratory for the presence of cancer or other disease.
Wedge Resection: A wedge resection is the surgical removal of a small wedge-shaped portion of tissue from one or both lungs, along with some healthy tissue surrounding the lung. A wedge resection is typically performed for the diagnosis or treatment of small lung nodules.
While recovery time from thoracospic procedures varies from patient to patient, an overnight stay in the hospital is typical required following surgery.
A lobectomy is the removal of a lobe or section of one lung and is the most common type of surgery performed for lung cancer. (The right lung has 3 lobes and the left lung has 2 lobes.) For this procedure, an incision is made to the chest, and ribs may be removed or spread apart. While recovery time from this procedure varies from patient to patient, a hospital stay of up to a week is typical following this surgery.