The most common operation for lung cancer is called a lobectomy. There are 3 lobes, orsegments, of the right lung and two lobes of the left lung. A lobectomy involves removing the tumor along with the lobe of the lung from which the tumor arises. When removal of the entire lung may be recommended. The operation is called a Pneu monectomy. Most patients following minimal access esophagectomy thymectomy & lobectomy can anticipate
Typically, surgery for lung cancer takes approximately two to three hours. At the end of the procedure a drainage tube is placed to drain excess fluid from the site of surgery. This tube is usually removed two to four days after the operation. Patients are generally out of bed and walking the first day after the operation. A nurse instructs patients in deep breathing and coughing exercises, which are important to help prevent infection in the lungs. Most patients remain in the hospital for four to five days.
Patients with healthy lungs will be able to breathe normally after removal of a lobe, or even an entire lung. Pulmonary function tests are used to determine how much lung canbe removed without limiting your ability to breathe.
The purpose of the operation is both to remove the cancer and also to allow patients to eat after the operation. Usually, patients will be allowed to eat within a week after the operation. After this period patients are allowed to eat a modified diet that includes pureed foods and liquids and will progress to a regular diet within weeks after the operation. However, most people will need to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Often, a small tube is placed in the intestines at the conclusion of the operation, which allows for additional nutrition while patients recover from their operation. It is not uncommon for patients to lose some weight after surgery. After several months the lost weight is usually regained.
• Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
• Minimal Access Esophagectomy
• Minimal Access Thymectomy for Myasthenia Gravis
Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy offer an alternative to conventional open surgery for the treatment of early esophageal cancer or dysplasia. Small incisions are place in the chestand abdomen through which telescopes are placed to visualize, manipulate, and remove the esophagus and surrounding lymph nodes.
Most patients following minimal access Esophagectomy Thymectomy & Lobectomy can anticipate :
• Shorter length of stay in comparison with conventional resection.
• Improved breathing function
• Decreasein the pain & need for narcotics in patients
• Decrease length of stay and have also noted