The most effective treatment for lung cancer or other disease of the lung may be a surgical “resection” or removal of the disease portion of the lung. The location of the disease dictates the type of surgery to be pursued.
If an operation removes only a small part of the diseased lung, it is called a segmental or wedge resection. When a thoracic surgeon has to remove an entire lobe of the lung, the procedure is called a lobectomy. A pneumonectomy means the entire right or left lung is removed.