What are the mortality rates for lung segmentectomy and limited pulmonary resection (wedge resection)?

Updated: Feb 22, 2021
  • Author: Shabir Bhimji, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dale K Mueller, MD  more...
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Segmentectomy is a much less benign procedure than lobectomy or pneumonectomy. Mortality is usually below 1% when the procedure is performed in patients with good pulmonary function. However, in patients with poor lung function and in those who have undergone prior lung surgery, mortality can be as high as 4-6%. [7]

Several large studies have examined wedge resections performed in patients with metastatic lesions. [16] On average, the 5-year survival rate in patents with colon or breast cancer and isolated lung metastases has been about 35%. [17]


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