Patients who may not have qualified for lung cancer surgery could have more options thanks to a minimally invasive procedure.
Lung cancer patients who need surgery but previously weren’t in good enough condition for an invasive procedure now have an option that is less painful with a faster recovery time.
Minimally invasive lung surgery is done with a special instrument or robotically, reducing the amount of surgical trauma to the patient and lowering the chances of complications.
Dr. Vitaly Piluiko, who specializes in thoracic surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Florida Heart and Vascular Care at Aventura, says the method usually means less blood loss, reduced pain and a quicker recovery time.
“You do the same thing you can do openly but with much less trauma,” he says.
It’s less stressful for patients, as a result, and because it’s not as painful, less pain medication needed is needed during recovery. Most importantly, it makes surgery a possibility for patients whose lungs are in poor condition. Minimally invasive lung surgery can be a good choice for elderly patients whose bodies may not be able to withstand a traditional surgery or difficult recovery period.
Whether minimally invasive lung surgery is an option depends on how advanced the cancer is. It’s important to get accurate staging of cancer. If the cancer has spread too much, surgery is not recommended. Surgery is best for early stages of lung cancer, Piluiko says.
November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Aventura Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a full range of outpatient services for cancer screenings, diagnoses and treatments. For more information, contact us at 305-682-2151.