Surgery to remove all or part of a lung involves making a cut on one side of the chest – this is called a thoracotomy. During a thoracotomy, a longer incision is made between the ribs and often a wedge resection (triangular piece of lung tissue) is removed for determining a diagnosis. This procedure is done by a surgeon. Lymph nodes and other tissue may be removed. During this procedure, a chest tube is inserted and hospitalization of approximately one week can be required.

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