A lung lobectomy is a surgical procedure in which a section (lobe) of the lungs is removed due to a medical condition in a certain part of the lung. Those conditions include lung cancer most commonly as well as tuberculosis (TB), lung abscess, emphysema, non-cancerous tumors, and fungal infections. Healthy lung tissue is left intact during the procedure, allowing adequate lung function to continue. Traditionally, removing a lobe required major surgery and a large incision in the chest (thoracotomy). Less invasive techniques are often used today, requiring several small incisions and allowing for shorter recovery times. Special surgical instruments are necessary to perform these minimally invasive procedures, including a tiny camera that is inserted into the chest through one of the incisions and transmits images to a viewing monitor to help guide the surgeon. This type of surgery is known as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Robotic surgery techniques are now being used as well, allowing for even smaller incisions and less pain. The type of approach used depends on the surgeon, the patient's medical condition, and other factors.
UAB Pulmonary Services is ranked among the best programs of its kind in the nation, and our physicians are consistently listed among the Best Doctors in America for respiratory disease. We serve patients at our main campus and also at our convenient neighborhood clinics in Hoover and Gardendale.
Most UAB Pulmonary Services doctors are triple board-certified in internal medicine, critical care, and pulmonary medicine. They serve on national boards and specialty organizations, speak at national conferences, publish in scientific and medical journals, and help conduct research that is recognized nationally and internationally. Our physicians are continually seeking new ways to treat lung disease and improve the techniques and care for transplant patients while contributing to the body of knowledge about lung disease. We have the only nationally accredited Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program in Alabama.
Many UAB Pulmonary Services physicians carry out research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to gain a better understanding of lung disease and its treatments or help turn new discoveries into therapies. Our physicians have served as presidents of many national societies, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the Association of Subspecialty Professors, and the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors. The excellence of our clinical and research programs has been recognized with our membership in the NIH-funded COPD and IPF Clinical Research networks (COPDnet and IPFnet, respectively), as well as the American Lung Association's Asthma Clinical Research Network and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutics Development Network. The World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Disorders (WASOG) and the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research (FSR) have recognized UAB as a Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence.
UAB interventional pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons collaborate in treating lung cancer with less invasive procedures.
Medical Minute: Pulmonary & Thoracic Surgery
Hitesh Batra, MD, and Benjamin Wei, MD, discuss the collaborative relationship between UAB Medicine's interventional pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons and how less invasive treatments for lung nodules and lung cancer lead to faster recovery times.
UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.View Clinical Trials