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Lobectomy lung surgery

Lobectomy lung surgery may be performed when there is a problem in just a part of a lung, where the affected lobe will be removed.

Why choose Circle Health for lobectomy surgery?

By choosing to have your lobectomy with Circle Health you can benefit from:

  • Fast access to a consultant of your choice, often within 24 hours
  • Dedicated care from a multi-disciplinary medical team
  • Flexible payment plans for patients wanting to pay for their procedure
  • Easy access for those with private medical insurance

With over 55 locations in England and Scotland, Circle Health is Britain's leading provider of independent healthcare. You can find your nearest hospital here.

How much does lobectomy surgery cost?

The cost of lobectomy will vary by consultant, hospital and region. The cost will also differ depending on the scope of the surgery needed.

We will be able to give you a fixed cost quote following your initial consultation.

If you’re looking to pay for your own treatment, you may be eligible for our flexible finance plans. You can find out more about our flexible finance options here.

To schedule your consultation you can make an enquiry or call us on 0808 101 0337.

What is a lobectomy?

There are five lobes in the human lungs – three in the right lung and two in the left. A lobectomy removes one of these lobes. A lobectomy may be performed when a there is a problem in just part of a lung. The affected lobe will be removed and the remaining healthy lungs should be able to work as normal.

Preparing for lobectomy surgery

During your initial consultation, your consultant will be able to answer any questions you have. You should make your consultant aware of any medications you are taking and to tell them about any other considerations such as allergies, blood disorders or other health issues that may affect the surgery. You may have blood tests or other medical screenings before the procedure if your consultant deems it appropriate.

Before the procedure you may be asked to stop taking certain medicines. You will not be able to eat or drink for around eight hours before the surgery.

If you are a smoker, it is strongly advised that you stop before your lobectomy.

What are the risks of lobectomy?

Although unlikely, there will always be the potential for complications when undergoing any surgery.

Risks can include, but are not limited to:

  • A reaction to the anaesthetic used
  • Breathing problems
  • Air leaks in the lung
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Empyema – pus in the pleural cavity (the area between the membranes which line the lungs)
  • Atrial fibrillation - a heart condition that causes an irregular and abnormally fast heart rate1

Medical staff at Circle Health hospitals are trained and prepared for these complications and take all the necessary measures to mitigate the risks of surgery.

Recovering from a lobectomy

After your lobectomy, you will be taken to a recovery room. Your medical team will monitor vital signs such as your heart rate and breathing and administer pain medicine when needed.

You may be sent for medical tests and screenings in the days following the lobectomy to ensure that the surgery was a success and your lungs are functioning correctly.

You may have tubes inserted into your chest to drain fluid or air from the lungs, but these will be removed before you are discharged.

Your medical team will teach you breathing exercises to help your lungs re-expand after surgery. It is recommended that you remain as mobile as you can in the days after the procedure, as this can help aid recovery.



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