Why Is Decortication Performed? Center

Decortication is a surgical procedure that removes the restrictive layer of fibrous tissue overlying an organ. It is mostly performed to remove the fibrous layer over the lung, chest wall, and diaphragm. Decortication surgery aims to remove this fibrous layer and allow the lung to expand, decrease breathing problems and other lung symptoms. There are two types of decortication surgery: open thoracotomy and video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS). Read more: Why Is Decortication Performed? Article

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