Experiences with Lobectomy

A lobectomy is a surgery where a section (lobe) of the lung is removed. A surgical cut is made between the ribs in the side of the chest (thoracotomy) to perform the lung lobectomy. A lobectomy is a common treatment for non-small cell lung cancer when the cancer is localized in one lung and the cancer can be removed. The right lung has three lobes and the left lung has 2 lobes. A right lobectomy or left lobectomy may be done. A lung scan is done before the lung lobectomy to predict the outcome of the surgery and how much function you will have in the lungs. Other lung cancer surgeries are a segmentectomy (wedge resection) and a pneumonectomy (entire lung removed). About 90% of lung cancers are a result of tobacco use and cigarette smoking. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States.

It is hard to pinpoint expectations after a lung lobectomy because no one has specific answers. Everyone has different capabilities after a lobectomy; a lot of WhatNexter’s suggest that you should talk to your doctor and keep a positive attitude post surgery. It is helpful to seek answers from WhatNexter’s who have had lobectomy surgery or helped loved ones with lung cancer. Some have shared their experiences having a lobectomy, and some have asked questions like, “How do I return to a normal routine after a lobectomy?” or “What are the risks of a lobectomy?”. If you need support from other lung cancer patients, ask question and read firsthand insights below.

    • Rusty12
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung C...
    1 day ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Very painful- rib/nerve pain

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Sisbill
    • Experience with Lung Cancer
    3 days ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Feeling very blessed that it was diagnosed as stage 1 and had not spread.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • Active
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Ca...
    6 days ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    first lobectomy side effect included collapsed lung. I have done treatment with IVC therapy for 3 weeks prior to surgery in an integ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • BadLungs56
    • Experience with Squamous Cell Carci...
    14 days ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Ended up in a coma for 8 weeks. Had to learn to talk, eat and write again. 7 months in hispitals and rehabs.

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    Went as Expected: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • ShelleyE
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung ...
    16 days ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    I did not realize how invasive this surgery would be. I did not realize that a lobe was half my left lung. Coughing after surgery ...

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • pandabear
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung...
    19 days ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Pain to my left side upon strecthing or turning my body

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    Went as Expected: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Recovery: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • Lindros88
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lung...
    2 months ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Really didnt know what to expect. Alot of pain. Took minths to heal

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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    • KathyMarie
    • Experience with Non-Small Cell, Lun...
    4 months ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    2 weeks after- still recovering. Even though robotic surgery, more pain than I expected

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • Luv2ATV
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung C...
    5 months ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Air leak that refuses to heal 2 weeks after surgery

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    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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    • MadeleineS
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lun...
    7 months ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Neuropathy of breast on affected side

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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    • canon
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Second lung surgery was to remove wedge sections in my right lung.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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    • canon
    • Experience with Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer
    9 months ago
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    Lobectomy

    Procedure or Surgery

    Removed middle lobe on my right lung and lymph nodes.

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    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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