A lobectomy to remove lung cancer in patients diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 lung cancer can be a life-saving procedure. However, a lobectomy is a major surgery, so it’s important that patients are aware of common post-op complaints so they can let their doctors know if they are experiencing any issues.
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Thoracic surgeon Sudish Murthy, MD, PhD, of Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, explains in this whiteboard presentation what type of pain is normal and how the surgical approach can affect pain levels. He also discusses other common symptoms following lobectomy, such as shortness of breath, which may not be permanent, cough and fatigue.