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What is a Pleurectomy?

Although mesothelioma can occur in many different areas throughout your body, it most commonly affects the lungs. Here, it can damage processes such as the production and drainage of the lubricating fluid from the mesothelium, which is the layer of cells that lines your body cavities and internal organs. In these cases, you may need to undergo a pleurectomy.

Your chest, or thoracic, cavity provides just enough space for the lungs to fully expand. If fluid or air gets in this space, it can prevent you from taking a full breath. This can lead to problems such as low blood oxygen levels. Sometimes, pleural mesothelioma can cause the lining of the lungs to produce excess lubricating fluid. Normally, this lubricating fluid is just enough to prevent chafing, but mesothelioma can cause extra amounts of the fluid to fill up the chest cavity, preventing you from having enough space to breathe normally. This is called pleural effusion.

The Pleurectomy Process

If your doctors struggle with draining your pleural effusion, or if they simply wish to remove tumors in the mesothelium of the lungs, you may have to undergo a pleurectomy. During this process, surgeons make an incision over the affected area. They can either open the chest cavity entirely or use special scopes to perform the surgery laparoscopically.

Doctors will then strip away the diseased pleural lining and any cancerous mesothelium lining the chest cavity itself. They may also remove tumors that are in the lung tissue below the cancerous lining. After the tumors are removed as much as possible, the procedure will end and you will move to recovery.

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Pleurectomy is just one type of surgery used for mesothelioma patients. For more information regarding mesothelioma and mesothelioma treatment, please fill out our contact form located at the top of the page today.

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