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Lung Decortication Procedure: Is It Right For You?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 1

Lung Decortication May Be Helpful For Those Affected By Asbestosis, Mesothelioma And Other Lung Diseases

There are many people today who have lung diseases that prevent their body from getting the oxygenation that it needs to function at an optimum level. Depending on the pathophysiology of the lung disease, lung decortication might be an option to consider. Sometimes, a pulmonary disease may cause the lining of the pleural cavity to become fit and lose its elasticity. This can make it difficult for the lungs to fully expand during the process of breathing, making it difficult for the person to breathe efficiently. Long decortication can be an excellent option to improve the physiological restriction within the pleural cavity. In addition, lung decortication it also be used to remove growths or tumors that may have developed within the pleura, which can also prevent proper oxygenation. This procedure may also be appropriate for individuals who have chronic inflammation in the lining of the pleural cavity.

If you or a loved one are affected by asbestosis or mesothelioma, you are probably looking for solutions to relieve the symptoms of the lung disease. Lung decortication might be an option to improve oxygenation prior to considering a lung transplant. Lung transplants can be very risky and being on the waiting list for lung transplants may take more time than the patient has left. For some people, lung decortication may be a temporary solution. For others, lung decortication may be the permanent solution to help relieve their symptoms permanently.

In order to fully understand how the decortication process can help someone with lung disease, it is important to understand the basic anatomy of the lungs. The lungs rest inside a cavity known as the pleural cavity. The pleura is a thin membrane that covers the lungs. The pleura has two different layers; one layer encases the lungs, and the other layer is attached to the chest wall. In healthy lungs, there is a small amount of pleural fluid between the two layers that provides lubrication. When the inner layer of pleura (viceral pleura) loses its elasticity due to a disease process, it can restrict the movement of the lungs during normal breathing. This prevents the lungs from expanding as much as they need to in order to adequately oxygenate the individual. Lung decortication is the process of removing this inner lining, which will help remove the restriction that prevents the lungs from expanding as they should.

Is Lung Decortication Right For Me?

It is important to note that a lung decortication procedure may not be appropriate for all patients with lung diseases. Anyone who is interested in this procedure should speak with their pulmonologist and find out if decortication surgery may be beneficial for their specific health condition. Lung decortication is a serious procedure that has numerous risks involved. You and your physician will need to decide if the procedure is appropriate for your condition, and if you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Lung decortication is a serious procedure that is only performed under general anesthesia. Because of this, it carries its own inherent risks. The pathophysiology of lung disease affects everyone differently. There is no guarantee that decortication will be beneficial to anyone's condition. This is why it is important to speak with your personal physician to find out more about your pulmonary disease and what treatments may be appropriate to treat it.

Before choosing a lung decortication doctor, be sure to verify the credentials of the pulmonologist that you plan to use. An experienced lung decortication doctor can explain all of the risks and benefits of the procedure and help you decide if the surgery is right for your condition. You should feel comfortable asking as many questions as you want in order to make an informed decision with regard to your health care needs. If you find that you are not satisfied with the consultation that your pulmonologist has provided, don't hesitate to seek a second or even a third opinion. It is important for those who were affected by lung diseases to get involved and ensure that they are informed about all aspects of their lung disease. Unfortunately, too many people who are affected by pulmonary diseases do not feel comfortable speaking candidly with their physicians about treatment options. It is important to note that despite many pulmonary diseases being uncurable, there are many different procedures that can be initiated to help relieve the symptoms of the disease and possibly increase the person's life expectancy.


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