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How Does Extrapleural Pneumonectomy Treat Mesothelioma?

Legally Reviewed by Joseph P. Williams on December 18, 2023

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may have questions about your treatment options, one of which may be an extrapleural pneumonectomy. This procedure treats mesothelioma located in the lining of the lungs, also known as the pleura. This surgery is often combined with radiation and chemotherapy to remove all visible cancer in your body. At The Williams Law Firm, P.C., we understand that you may feel overwhelmed when undergoing treatment, so we are here to answer your questions and handle the legal aspects of your mesothelioma diagnosis.

Our lead attorney, Joseph P. Williams, has years of experience and will meet with you personally in your home to review your case. This dedication, combined with our unmatched comprehensive services, allows you to focus on recovery while we manage your claim and fight for your rights. Your claim is too important to leave up to an inexperienced lawyer directed by their boss. Working with us gives you peace of mind that your claim is in the right hands.

Extrapleural Pneumonectomy: What Is It and How Does It Treat Mesothelioma?

Extrapleural pneumonectomy is a procedure that treats mesothelioma by removing both layers of the lung lining, the affected lung, the pericardium, and the diaphragm to eliminate as many cancer cells as possible. This is a multimodal treatment, meaning it is paired with other treatments, like radiation and chemotherapy, to maximize the effects of the surgery and kill off any remaining tumor cells.

With the removal of the mesothelioma-affected areas, you can expect to feel relief after an extrapleural pneumonectomy. The procedure helps alleviate breathing problems, improving quality of life and potentially allowing you to return to your daily activities comfortably.

What to Expect During an Extrapleural Pneumonectomy

Getting a procedure like extrapleural pneumonectomy can be daunting, so we are here to help you understand what to expect and ease your worries. While every patient, hospital, and surgeon is different, the steps for this surgery typically include the following:

  • Anesthesia is administered to ensure a smooth, pain-free procedure.
  • The surgeon makes an incision that goes from the chest, under the armpit, and around the back to open the chest cavity.
  • The surgeon removes tumors and their surrounding tissue, including the pleura, the affected lung, the sac around the heart (pericardium), and some or all of the diaphragm. 
  • The surgeon may also remove the lymph nodes in the affected chest area.
  • The surgeon repairs the pericardium and diaphragm.

When determining your eligibility for an extrapleural pneumonectomy, your doctor may consider the type of mesothelioma you have, how your lungs are affected, and the stage of your condition. We can help you calculate the cost of your treatment and build a strong claim to help you secure maximum compensation for your losses.

Discuss Your New York Mesothelioma Claim With the Trustworthy Lawyers at The Williams Law Firm, P.C.

Being diagnosed with mesothelioma and going through treatment can be overwhelming, and you deserve to focus on your health instead of stressing about the legal process. Our experienced team at The Williams Law Firm, P.C. allows you to do just that. We listen to your story and create a unique plan based on your needs, giving you the best chance of achieving the compensation you deserve.

We fight for your rights using our comprehensive, personalized services. We take your claim seriously and handle every aspect with the utmost care and attention. With our informed and trusted guidance, you don’t have to worry about leaving your claim to an inexperienced attorney directed by their boss. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to take on your case and fight for you. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (855) 575-6376 or fill out our contact form.

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