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A Patient's Guide to Lung Surgery

Thoracoscopy: Risks and Complications

The risks of thoracoscopy include the following:

  • Wound infection
  • Bleeding
  • Air leak through the lung wall, requiring a longer hospital stay
  • Pain or numbness at the incision site
  • Inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia)



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