Care of the Mesothelioma Patient Undergoing Extended Pleurectomy and Decortication
Caring for patients undergoing lung-sparing surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma is clinically challenging. It takes an experienced, highly skilled, and dedicated multidisciplinary team of thoracic surgery experts to care for these patients and their families. There are inherent challenges associated with the preoperative and postoperative care of patients undergoing lung-sparing surgery, beyond those commonly experienced in the general thoracic surgery patient population. Meticulous attention to every detail of their care and anticipating the common problems encountered postoperatively will support a patient’s successful recovery and ensure that they are safely discharged home from the hospital. This chapter will focus on the key elements the surgical team needs to focus on before, during, and after lung-sparing surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma.
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