Wedge resection is performed to treat lung cancer, particularly non-small cell lung cancer. This form of treatment involves removing the cancerous cells in the lung, as well as removing a margin of surrounding healthy tissue.
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Depending on the location of the tumor and other factors, there are two ways to perform wedge resection:
- Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS), which is minimally invasive
- Thoracotomy (open-chest surgery)
During surgery, the surgeon first removes the affected portion of the lung through an incision in the chest. Then, the incision is closed and a chest tube is inserted to drain out any fluid. The patient is closely monitored by his or her care team during recovery time.