Thoracic Surgery

Pulmonary Resection

Pulmonary Resection, Volume

2014 – 2018

Cleveland Clinic surgeons performed 337 pulmonary resections in 2018.

Pulmonary Resection, Distribution by Type

2018, N = 337

Cleveland Clinic thoracic surgeons use video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) and robotic techniques when appropriate to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient. An open approach is sometimes the best treatment option for patients who require a pulmonary resection.

In 2018, VATS and robotic procedures were used in 81% (N = 273) of pulmonary resections performed at Cleveland Clinic.

Procedure Type OPEN - N OPEN - % VATS/robotic - N VATS/robotic - %
Lobectomy 48 14% 180 53%
Wedge 5 2% 65 19%
Pneumonectomy 8 2% 3 1%
Segmentectomy 3 1% 25 7%

VATS = video-assisted thoracic surgery