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Lung Cancer Surgery

Surgery for lung cancer removes tissue that contains the tumor and lymph nodes.

Surgical Options for Lung Cancer

To remove a small part of the lung, your surgeon may use a wedge resection or segmentectomy. During a lobectomy or sleeve lobectomy, the surgeon removes a lobe of the lung. This is the most common surgery for lung cancer. If the entire lung is removed, the procedure is called a pneumonectomy.

The surgeon may perform a video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) before or instead of a thoracotomy. The procedure involves inserting a long, thin videoscope with a camera attached. Small surgical instruments are inserted into the chest through incisions made in the ribs. Surgeons perform the procedure to confirm the diagnosis of cancer, biopsy lymph nodes or perform a resection of a lobe.

Robotic Lung Cancer Surgery

Surgeons at Miami Valley Hospital are skilled in performing robotic-assisted lung cancer surgery using the da Vinci robotic surgical system. This procedure uses small incisions to insert wristed instruments into the body to perform procedures.

Learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System at MVH

Preparing for Lung Cancer Surgery 

Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about lung cancer. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery, and much more.

Content Updated: December 7, 2016

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Cancer Care Services.
Cancer Care at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Cancer Care at Miami Valley Hospital South
2300 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Gynocologic Oncology Center at Miami Valley Hospital South
2300 Miami Valley Dr. Suite 260 Centerville, OH  45459
High Risk Breast Cancer Center at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
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