Lung surgery is carried out at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital for a variety of conditions, ranging from emphysema and lung cancer to biopsies. Surgery can involve:

  • operating on a cancer, depending on where the cancer is situated
  • removing some parts of the lung or the whole lung itself
  • removing lymph nodes

Your doctor will be able to discuss your condition further and what kind of surgery you may need. 

Find out more about our lung surgery services

Being diagnosed with cancer can be an anxious time for anyone, and we have a number of ways we can help to support you. 

Useful information

Find out more about having lung surgery at Royal Brompton or Harefield hospitals. Our lung surgery team have created a series of videos to help you understand what to expect when you come in for surgery. You can watch all of them below, or watch the full playlist on our YouTube channel. 


Before your lung surgery

The day of surgery

After surgery


When you go home

Hear from our patients


Macmillan specialist nurses

Patient information leaflets

You can also download a PDF version of our patient information booklets.

Managing your chest drain at home (PDF, 373KB)