Decortication is a medical procedure involving the surgical removal of the surface layer, membrane, or fibrous cover of an organ. The procedure is usually performed when the lung is covered by a thick, inelastic pleural peel restricting lung expansion. In a non-medical aspect, decortication is the removal of the bark, husk, or outer layer, ...What is decortication of pleural Fibrine?
It involves the excision of the thick fibrinous peel from the pleural surface, thereby permitting the expansion of the underlying lung parenchyma. Patients with long-standing empyema, pleural thickening, hemothorax, and pleural tumors are candidates for decortication.What is lung decortication?
Lung decortication is a well-known procedure that was first performed by Delorme for the treatment of empyema in 1895. There are approximately 1 million patients hospitalized in the United States each year with pneumonia.What should I expect during a minimally-invasive decortication?
The procedure will typically take between 2 to 3 hours to complete. This procedure is typically performed in the cardiothoracic operating room (OR). Check with your doctor about the details of your procedure. In general, during a minimally-invasive decortication: You will change into a hospital gown.