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 are the principles of open decortication?
The principles of open decortication should be followed while utilizing thoracoscopic technology. All areas of fibrinous material must be drained and the underlying lung freed from a restricting pleural peel to allow for complete re expansion.What is decortication of the lung?
Decrotication is a surgical procedure to remove fluid and a thickened rind around lung. It is performed to treat patients with empyema and fibrothorax. We typically perform this procedure using the video assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) technique called “VATS decortication.”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.