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


About the Operation

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 called lobes. ​


lungs - throat and lymph nodes
  • A wedge resection is the removal of a small, wedge-shaped part of lung tissue from a lobe of your lung.
  • A segmentectomy is also the removal of lung tissue from a part of your lobe. During a segmentectomy, the surgeon removes a larger piece of lung tissue than in a wedge resection. The whole lobe of the lung is not removed.

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. Sometimes a wedge resection is done if we cannot get a tissue diagnosis any other way.​​


What tests will I need before surgery?

Before your operation, we do a complete check of your health. This may include many tests, such as pulmonary function test (PFT) and exercise oximetry, PET scan, CT scan and an MRI.


How long will I stay in the hospital?

How long you stay in the hospital depends on the kind of surgery and incision (cut) your surgeon makes. You may stay overnight or up to 3 days. When you can go home will depend on how you are recovering.


Download a printable version of the full guide:
Wedge Resection or Segmentectomy Surgery Guide​​​​​
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