When is it recommended to call the doctor after a lobectomy procedure?

Certain symptoms might announce that you are at risk of developing postoperative complications.

Though science and technological advancement have made surgery a reliable treatment option, there is always the risk of potential problems and side effects. Lobectomy is a major surgery and complications such as the following may occur in between 6% and 34% of cases:

  • Infections
  • Persistent air leak
  • Lung collapse
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • A reaction to the anesthetic used

If your recovery is not progressing as expected, or if you have any signs of an infection or other complications of the surgery, including the list below, call your doctor immediately:

  • Swelling or redness around your wound
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing, or pain while breathing
  • Green, yellow, or blood-tinted phlegm
  • New or worsened pain in the chest
  • Confusion or other change in mental state

Lung cancer treatment at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital has the expert physicians and state-of-the-art technology to be the region's source for robotic-assisted thoracic surgery, which gives our patients access to better outcomes, including minimal scarring, less pain and bleeding, shorter hospital stays, fewer complications, and a faster recovery compared to traditional surgery.

Through Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital’s Multidisciplinary Lung Cancer program, we develop an individualized treatment plan based on your unique situation. Your doctor will work closely with you to develop the most effective treatment plan for you.

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