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ICD-10 3241
ICD-9-CM 32.3
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Lobectomy means surgical excision of a lobe. This may refer to a lobe of the lung,[1] a lobe of the thyroid (hemithyroidectomy), or a lobe of the brain (as in anterior temporal lobectomy).

Lung lobectomy[edit]

A lobectomy of the lung is performed in early stage non-small cell lung cancer patients. It is not performed on patients that have lung cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. Tumor size, type, and location are major factors as to whether a lobectomy is performed. This can be due to cancer or smoking. Lung lobectomies are performed on patients as young as eleven or twelve who have no cancer or smoking history, but have conditions from birth or early childhood that need the operation. Such patients will have reduced lung capacity which tends to limit their range of activities through life. They often need to use inhalers on a daily basis, and are often classified as being asthmatic.


  1. ^ Rocco G, Internullo E, Cassivi SD, Van Raemdonck D, Ferguson MK (2008). "The variability of practice in minimally invasive thoracic surgery for pulmonary resections.". Thorac Surg Clin 18 (3): 235–47. doi:10.1016/j.thorsurg.2008.06.002. PMID 18831498. 

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 06:30:00 -0700

Orlando Health received an Overall 3 Star Rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for quality care provided to patients undergoing bypass surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. The 3 Star Rating, the highest mark, is a quality score based on ...

ABC2 News

ABC2 News
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:37:30 -0700

The next step was surgery, a right thyroid lobectomy . "Anytime you hear the word cancer, you know it's very scary. There's no way to tell until they actually take the nodule out and send it to pathology, which luckily came back benign, so I'm very ...

Your Houston News

Your Houston News
Thu, 08 Oct 2015 02:33:45 -0700

“They were going to do a lobectomy,” Moreland said. “Then when I did the MRI we found it was multifocal and so they had to take the entire breast. That was in November of 2013.” “I wasn't devastated,” she added. “But when I found out they were going to ...
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 07:26:15 -0700

The majority (59.5%) of resections were performed for lung cancer; of these, 73% were lobectomy. Morbidity rates were 9% for VATS and 15.3% for THOR (P < .001). Mortality rates were 1.2% for VATS and 2% for THOR (P < .001). Median length of stay was 4 ...
Newswise (press release)
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 08:33:45 -0700

Her father had undergone a successful lobectomy — the surgical removal of a part of the lung that includes a tumor or other abnormality. She sought out Michael Liptay, MD, a thoracic and cardiac surgeon at Rush, who performed her father's lobectomy in ...
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:52:30 -0700

“We provide evidence that the intrapleural hypercarbia appears to be associated with delayed resolution of alveolopleural fistulae in patients undergoing lobectomy,” Ankit Bharat, MD, of the division of thoracic surgery and department of surgery at ...

Cancer Therapy Advisor

Cancer Network
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 13:09:38 -0700

Though NCCN guidelines currently recommend lobectomy with systematic lymph node sampling for stage IA disease, several recent observational studies have shown similar survival with limited resection (wedge resection or segmentectomy), in particular ...
AJNR (subscription)
Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:11:15 -0700

Unilateral thyroidectomy (lobectomy) may be preferred to retain some function of the thyroid, allowing patients to avoid life-long hormone replacement therapy. The complication rate after total thyroidectomy has been reported to be between 5% and 33%.

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