Acute and chronic reduction of pulmonary function after lung surgery

Thorac Surg Clin. 2004 Aug;14(3):317-23. doi: 10.1016/S1547-4127(04)00019-2.


Pulmonary function is affected by several variables. The more marginal the patient, the more important the preoperative and perioperative assessment becomes. VATS might be tolerated well with regard to pulmonary function in the early postoperative period. It has allowed thoracic surgeons to expand surgical indications to patients that previously would not have been considered.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lung / physiopathology*
  • Pneumonectomy* / adverse effects
  • Postoperative Care
  • Respiratory Function Tests*