If you've been scheduled for a lobectomy operation, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you're looking for, and helps you prepare for your operation.

About the Operation​​​

Image of lateral lungs What type of surgery am I having?

You have 2 lungs in your body. Your right lung has 3 parts. Your left lung has 2 parts. These parts are lobes. A lobectomy removes 1 lobe of your lung. A bilobectomy removes 2 lobes of your lung on the same side.

Why do I need this surgery?

You may have an infection in your lung. Or, you may need to have something removed from your lung, like a tumour. A tumour can be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). If you have a tumour, your doctor will tell you what type you have.

How long will I need to stay in the hospital?

You will stay in the hospital 2 to 3 days. When you can go home will depend on how you are recovering. Your health care team may tell you during their morning rounds (check-ins) that you can go home that day. Before coming to the hospital, plan to have someone pick you up when you are ready to go home after surgery.

What tests will I need before surgery?

Before your surgery, we do a complete check of your health. This may include many tests. These tests help your surgeon plan your operation. They also help find other health problems. The risks of surgery can be decreased by managing these health problems before your surgery.

These tests may include one or more of the following:

We will let you know the tests you need and give you more information about them.

Can the time of my surgery change?
Yes. We do our best to do your operation at the scheduled time. But, we may need to reschedule your surgery if other emergencies come up.

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