The type of surgery you might have depends on where in the lung your cancer is, how big it is, and your general health.

Types of surgery

There are different types of surgery and these are done by specialist lung surgeons. 

Before your operation

Before your operation, you have tests to check your fitness and you meet members of your treatment team. 

On the day

You have a general anaesthetic so you can't feel anything during the operation. This sends you into a deep sleep. 

After lung cancer surgery

After a big operation you wake up in the intensive care unit or a high dependency unit.

Problems after surgery

Most people feel weak and lack strength for a while following surgery for lung cancer. 

Last reviewed: 
24 Oct 2019
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