Individuals, who smoke heavily, is believed to have higher risk of developing lung cancer in the later years. Lung cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that start off in one or both lungs; usually in the cells that line the air passages. These abnormal cells can rapidly divide and turn into tumor. However, if the patient undergoes surgical treatment at the early stage of lung cancer, it can be treated.
Lung surgery is a surgical procedure that removes a small portion, large portion or even the whole lung to treat lung cancer. Each type of lung surgery has risks and benefits, but the ultimate goal is to cure your lung cancer. Understanding what each type of lung cancer surgery involves, what it takes to be a good candidate, and what it means for your recovery and your health can help you understand the possible risks of each.
The surgeon and the anesthesiologist will discuss to you the general risks related to the surgery and the general risks related to the anethesia prior the surgery. The following are some of the common and serious risks caused by lung cancer surgery:
- Damage to the structure near or in the lungs
- Collapse of the lung or pneumothorax
- Risk from general anesthesia
- Blood clots
However, there is a well-known robotic lung surgery that is preferred by lung cancer patients due to its innovative way of treatment. Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of da Vinci robotic system, is faced by a lawsuits, in which an insurance company alleged the manufacturer of hiding their product’s serious risks. The FDA has advised potential patients are suggested to consult their respective doctors and gather some information in order to determine if robotic surgery is the best for them.