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Surgical Risks

Surgical Risks

December 14, 2021
Emily Cassidy, MD
Emily Cassidy, MD

Cardiothoracic Surgery

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As with any surgery, lung surgery does come with its own set of risks. Lung surgery can sound really scary, but the true risk of any severe complications is really quite low. The mortality for a lobectomy is less than 1%. The bigger things that we worry about are things like pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs. Bleeding complications can occur, albeit that’s a low risk as well, less than 5%. Blood clots, pleural effusion, which is an abnormal accumulation of fluid that can occur in the chest in the same space where the lung has been removed.