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Dr. George Vasilios Letsou, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. George Letsou is a physician who specializes in cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. Areas of expertise for Dr. Letsou include aortic valve replacement, heart attack, and mitral valve disease. Dr. Letsou's professional affiliations include Baylor Clinic, Houston Methodist, and Texas Heart Institute (THI). He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is open to new patients. Dr. Letsou graduated from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and then he performed his residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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All Interests: Heart Bypass Surgery, Lung Biopsy, Beating Heart Coronary Bypass Surgery, Lung Tumor Resection, ... (Read more)

Dr. Miguel A Iii Gomez III, MD
Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6565 Fannin Street
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Miguel Gomez practices cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, and thoracic surgery in Houston, TX. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gomez include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and heart surgery. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, and more. He has received the distinction of Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Gomez speaks Spanish. He is affiliated with Houston Methodist and Tomball Regional Medical Center. Dr. Gomez is accepting new patients.

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All Interests: Lung Tumor Resection, Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery, Collapsed Lung, Carotid Endarterectomy, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
6400 Fannin Street; Suite 3000
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Michael Sweeney practices cardiac surgery and thoracic surgery. He has a 3.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Areas of expertise for Dr. Sweeney include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS), aortic aneurysm, and biopsy. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, as well as other insurance carriers. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Medicine. He has received professional recognition including the following: Texas Super Doctors. Dr. Sweeney is affiliated with Houston Methodist Hospital. New patients are welcome to contact Dr. Sweeney's office for an appointment.

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All Interests: Valvuloplasty, Lung Tumor Resection, Heart Problems, Aneurysm, Thoracic Surgery Procedures, Aortic ... (Read more)

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What is Lung Resection?

Lung resection is surgery performed to remove all or part of the lung, almost always in the treatment of cancer. While there are other conditions that may in certain cases benefit from removal of lung tissue (including tuberculosis, COPD, and some infections), this is rare.

The goal of lung resection is to remove diseased tissue and stop it from spreading. The amount of tissue removed depends on the diagnosis. Each lung has thin folds that divide the lung tissue into lobes. The right lung has three lobes and the left, which is slightly smaller to make room for the heart, has two. Each lobe is further divided by areas of connective tissue into small segments. Lung resection surgery is given different names depending on how much of the lung is removed. These include:

  • Wedge resection, removal of just the diseased area of the lung, including a small border of healthy tissue.
  • Segmental resection, also called segmentectomy, or the removal of the affected section of the lung.
  • Lobectomy, or removal of a lobe of the lung.
  • Sleeve resection, or removal of one or more lobes along with a portion of the bronchus, or airway.
  • Pneumonectomy, or removal of one entire lung.

Lung resection is often performed through a type of open-chest surgery called thoracotomy. The patient lies on his or her side and is put to sleep. An incision is made from the breastbone around to the back near the shoulder blade, and the diseased part of the lung is removed from between the ribs. In some cases, especially for wedge resection, a kind of minimally invasive surgery called video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery or VATS is used. VATS uses tiny, lighted instruments and several small incisions to access the lung and perform the needed surgery.

After a lung resection, you may need to stay in the hospital for several days. You may be given breathing exercises to do in order to prevent pneumonia and help your lung heal. It is common to have drainage tubes to remove excess fluid and air the first few days. You may feel breathless at first, but even with only one lung you will breathe normally after you recover.

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