(Chamberlain’s Procedure; Anterior Mediastinotomy)
|The Lungs (Cut-away View)|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Cancer of the lungs, bronchi, and chest tissue
- Lymphoma—cancer in the lymphatic system, such as Hodgkin’s disease
- Sarcoidosis—a condition that causes inflammation in organs like the lungs, liver, lymph nodes, and spleen
- Chylothorax—leakage of lymphatic fluid into the chest
- Damage to organs in the chest
- Collapsed lung—pneumothorax
What to Expect
Prior to the Procedure
- You will be asked to remove any jewelry, glasses, contact lenses, or dentures.
- You may be given medications to help you feel sleepy and relaxed.
- Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any allergies.
- You will need someone to drive you home after the procedure.
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After the Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
Average Hospital Stay
- In the recovery room, the care staff will monitor your breathing, pulse, and heart rate.
- Your doctor may order a chest x-ray to check for bleeding or air inside your chest space.
- Washing their hands
- Wearing gloves or masks
- Keeping your incisions covered
- Washing your hands often and reminding your healthcare providers to do the same
- Reminding your healthcare providers to wear gloves or masks
- Not allowing others to touch your incision
Call Your Doctor
- Redness, swelling, pain, or bleeding from the wound
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the neck
- Difficulty swallowing
- Hoarseness that lasts more than a few days or worsens
- Shortness of breath
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Joint pain, fatigue, stiffness, rash, or other new symptoms
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org
American Lung Association http://www.lung.org
Canadian Cancer Society http://www.cancer.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Chamberlain procedure. Roswell Park Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.roswellpark.org/glossary/chamberlain-procedure Accessed February 2, 2015.
Mediastinoscopy and mediastinotomy. The Merck Manual Professional Edition website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/pulmonary%5Fdisorders/diagnostic%5Fpulmonary%5Fprocedures/mediastinoscopy%5Fand%5Fmediastinotomy.html. Updated September 2013. Accessed February 2, 2015.
Sarcoidosis in adults. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 1, 2014. Accessed February 2, 2015.
6/6/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Mills E, Eyawo O, et al. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/23/2014 -
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