EPP Is Not for Everyone
Patients often must undergo several tests beforehand to ensure they are healthy enough to tolerate the surgery. The operation is technically complex and should be performed by an experienced surgeon, ideally one associated with a leading medical facility.
What to Expect During an EPP Operation
Patients can expect to remain in the hospital for up to 2 weeks, and should allow an additional 6-8 weeks’ recovery time after discharge from the hospital.
While it is no small matter to remove a patient’s lung, an extrapleural pneumonectomy is considered an effective treatment to control mesothelioma when performed on suitable patients. It can slow the progression of the disease and greatly improve a patient’s quality of life. When this surgical procedure is combined with radiation and chemotherapy, it can greatly increase a patient’s life expectancy.