Auckland DHB Cardiothoracic and Vascular Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit
Removal of the entire lobe of a lung when there is e.g. a tumour, lung abscess or bleb. This also includes lymph node removal. After lobectomy some non-pathologic emphysema occurs. Remaining lung tissue over-expands to fill in the portion previously occupied by the resected lung. Chest drainage is used post-operatively.