Chirurgie Pulmonaire

Lung diseases

Lung diseases are a major specialty of the Thoracic and Endocrine Surgery Division, including cancers, infectious diseases, pneumothorax, bronchiectasis and emphysema. Lung surgery is one of the main focuses of the Division.

The lungs oxygenate blood that comes from the heart (upon inhalation) and expel carbon dioxide (upon exhalation). The action of the respiratory muscles on the lungs produces inhalation and exhalation.

After hospitalization

You will be asked to come in for follow-up in the Thoracic Surgery outpatient clinic.

When you return home:

  • take the pain medications prescribed by your surgeon on a regular basis. If they are not enough to control the pain, contact your doctor.
  • gradually resume physical activity.

It is possible that you will spit a little blood for two or three weeks after the operation. This is not worrisome.


When will the operation be performed?

The operation is usually performed on the same day as your hospitalization. In this case, you must arrive with an empty stomach. Stop eating and drinking six hours before the procedure.

Hospital stays last an average of five days.

If you take some medications, this may require hospitalization the day before or a few days before surgery.

Before hospitalization

What type of anesthesia will be used?

Whatever technique is selected, lung surgery is performed under general anesthesia. During a preliminary consultation, the anesthesiologist will give you information about this procedure along with an explanatory brochure. You must give him or her a list of the medications you are taking.

Indications for lung resection

Lung tumor

The type of resection is determined by the nature, size and location of the tumor and how much it has spread:

  • segmentectomy is used for small tumors
  • lobectomy is used if the tumor is bigger or too close to the heart
  • pneumonectomy (rare), when it is necessary to remove an entire lung to eliminate the tumor.

When the tumor is malignant, lymph nodes around the lung and heart are also removed and analyzed to establish whether the cancer has spread.

Lung resection

There are four types of lung resection and two surgical techniques used to perform them. Your surgeon will determine the type of resection required and will choose the best technique for you.

Lung surgery

Brochure pour les patients - Chirurgie pulmonaireResection, which is the surgical removal of part of the lungs, is indicated in the treatment of certain diseases, such as tumors, infections or emphysema.

It is also used for diagnostic purposes, especially inflammatory diseases or suspicious pulmonary nodules.