Lung Resection

Your surgeons may be taking out a piece of your lung for various reasons, usually for suspicious lung nodules or lung cancer. At times, they may get a piece of the lung to help your other doctors determine what is wrong with your lungs if you are having shortness of breath. There are basically three types of lung resection.

  1. Wedge resection – a piece of the lung is removed
  2. Lobectomy – an entire lobe of the lung is removed
  3. Pneumonectomy – the entire lung is removed.

"Wedge" Resection

Wedge Resection

Lobectomy

Lobectomy

Pneumonectomy

Pneumonectomy

Our surgeons often perform these procedures through minimally invasive techniques using small holes in your chest. These can be done through using video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or robotic surgery. Your doctor will explain to you if you are a candidate for “keyhole” surgery or need traditional open surgery.

After Lung Resection

Patients having lung resection typically stay in the hospital 2-5 days. They have a small tube draining fluid and air from their side. When the tube is removed (usually 2-3 days after surgery), the patient can expect to go home. They usually have a PCA for pain which is transitioned to oral pain medications when the tube is removed. Patients start with a clear liquid diet and are advanced to a regular diet if they tolerate clear liquids. Patients are encouraged to be out of bed and walk as much as possible.

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Long Branch, NJ 07740
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300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 923-7250
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Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus
600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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200 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
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RWJ University Hospital New Brunswick
1 Robert Wood Johnson Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 828-3000
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RWJ University Hospital Rahway
865 Stone Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
(732) 381-4200
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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200 South Orange Avenue
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(973) 322-7000
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Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group at Monroe
800 Bunn Drive
Suite 303
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 655-5178
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