Lung Cancer Surgery
Surgery for lung cancer removes tissue that contains the tumor and lymph nodes.
Surgical Options for Lung Cancer
To remove a small part of the lung, your surgeon may use a wedge resection or segmentectomy. During a lobectomy or sleeve lobectomy, the surgeon removes a lobe of the lung. This is the most common surgery for lung cancer. If the entire lung is removed, the procedure is called a pneumonectomy.
The surgeon may perform a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) before or instead of a thoracotomy. The procedure involves inserting a long, thin videoscope with a camera attached. Small surgical instruments are inserted into the chest through incisions made in the ribs. Surgeons perform the procedure to confirm the diagnosis of cancer, biopsy lymph nodes or perform a resection of a lobe.
Robotic Lung Cancer Surgery
Cardiothoracic surgeons at Atrium Medical Center are skilled at performing robotic-assisted lung cancer surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This procedure uses small incisions to insert wristed instruments into the body to perform procedures. Learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System at Atrium.
Preparing for Lung Cancer Surgery
Premier Health Library
The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about lung cancer. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery, and much more.
Content Updated: December 3, 2014